A Doctor’s Solution to Climate Change with Health in Harmony's Jonathan Jennings

When you live in the forest, it's easy to see that everything's connected. -Dr. Jane Goodall

Episode Summary:

Can we save the rainforest? Can we alter climate change? Can we be stewards of hope for the environment? Yes, we most certainly can says, Jonathan Jennings, Executive Director of Health in Harmony - a global non-profit dedicated to supporting and protecting the rainforest and the people who protect it.

We all know the powerful and magical connection between nature, our own well-being and our collective future and today we get to discuss the intimate details of how Health in Harmony is working hard to protect nature’s collapse.

This episode gives you a macro view of what’s going on in our world as well as micro changes you can make within your own daily life.

Themes we’ll hit on:

  • Interconnectedness of the planet’s health with our own health and why taking care of the rainforest is critical
  • How the idea of ‘radical listening’ helps Health in Harmony truly understand what the rainforest communities need to protect their land and thrive. And, how you can apply this tool into parenting, work and relationships
  • What you can do within your own day to day life to protect the environment

We also share the story of how kindness and serendipity led us to discovering Health in Harmony founder Kinari Webb’s book, Guardians of the Trees, and thereafter this interview.

Also, in addition to supporting us by tuning into this episode, you can also support Health in Harmony this holiday season by donating here.

Guest Speaker

Jonathan Jennings

Jonathan directs the international operations, representation, advocacy, and financial growth of Health in Harmony.

After 20-some years leading humanitarian and post-conflict crisis teams across former Yugoslavia, sub Saharan Africa and south Asia, Jonathan felt like he was waking up everyday going to work to deal with the humanitarian fallout of a sick planet. He became increasingly focused on the drivers of climate breakdown and ecological collapse, particularly with the fundamental interdependence between human well-being (global health) and ecosystem integrity (global conservation). He followed his vision for change into the new field of planetary health, which he views as an antidote to a century’s practice of siloed thinking.

Prior to joining HIH, he spent 13+ years in leadership roles with Doctors Without Borders, conducting global humanitarian programming and advocacy. Canada. Jonathan holds an MS in Biology and Ecology and an MA in Politics and International Security.

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