Environmental health (Care of creation)

Environmental health (Care of creation)

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International Standards & Practice Guidelines (IS&Gs)

  1. General Assembly of the United Nations
    The transformative potential of the right to food  UN General Assembly Report 2014
  2. UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Preventing the next pandemic – Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission
    The next wave – How to beat future pandemics
  3. WHO-UNEP Health and Environment Linkages Initiative
  4. Livestock’s long shadow: environmental issues and options FAO
    Livestock a major threat to environment
  5. Industrial Livestock Production and Global Health Risks  FAO (Johns Hopkins/ Rural Dev. Research Consortium/ Univ. of London) 2007
  6. Sustainable healthy diets FAO &WHO 2019
  7. United Nations  Climate Change
    IPCC — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  8. Climate change WHO topics
  9. Environmental Health WHO topics
  10. Children’s environmental health programs
    Healthy Environments for Children Alliance
  11. Quantifying environmental health impacts programs
    10 facts on preventing disease through healthy environment
  12. National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIH)   Environmental Health Perspectives Website
    The Potential Role of CFOs in Infectous Disease Epidemics &Antibiotic Resistance  2006
  13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–WHO Collaborating Partner.  See especially:
    Understanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CFOs) and Their Impact on Communities  CDC & NALBOH  2010
  14. World Bank Group (USA)
    A Fresh Look at Livestock Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation 2016
    Re-Thinking Meat: How Climate Change Is Disrupting the Food Industry  2018

Missions Specific Best Practices Documents

(Demonstrate Compliance with International Standards & Guidelines)

A. Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) Publications
Christian Medical Journal of India (CMJI)—Numerous articles, some contain no references to IS&Gs but appear to demonstrate compliance:
Our World, Our Health

B. Contact Publication of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and former Christian Medical Commission (CMC). Includes numerous articles demonstrating FBO work in the establishment as well as promotion of IS&Gs.
Environment and health: Making the connection

C. Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature (ICPAN)
The Bible’s Teachings on Protecting Animals and Nature

D. A Rocha International website
A Rocha USA website

E. Christians for Earthcare website  One of the first Evangelical Christian environmental organizations. “…but the real pioneers in this movement were actually those who, centuries ago taught that the earth is the Lord’s and to live accordingly.”  p.11
The Earth is the Lord’s-Handle With Care  Documents the Biblical foundation for Caring for Creation. Download Free

F. Christian Journal for Global Health (CJGH)
Caring for the Earth for Better Health and Well-being of All: Addressing Climate Change as a Planetary Health Emergency
Bridging the Divide Between Health, Social Development and Environmental Interventions: An Example From The Leprosy Mission
The Church, Food Culture, and Ecotheology: An Ongoing Church Effort to Reduce Bushmeat Eating in Minahasa, Indonesia

G. Humane Society (HSUS) This is a secular organization that was founded in 1954. However the reference below documents “The Bible’s Teachings on Protecting Animals and Nature.”  Also “The most immediate philosophical influence on…those associated with HSUS, was the reverence-for-life concept advanced by Albert Schweitzer.” (Lutheran theologian, vegetarian, and physician missionary to Africa who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.)
The Bible’s Teachings on Protecting Animals and Nature  Download Free

A. American Public Health Association
Precautionary Moratorium on New & Expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CFOs) Amer Public Health Assoc Policy Statements 2003-2019
Editorial: The Chickens Come Home to Roost Am Jl Pub Hlth 2007

B. The Lancet Global Health Series:
Energy and Health 2007
Global Health Commissions:
Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health  2015
Household Air Pollution Commission 2014
Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems  2019
——The 21st-century great food transformation 2019

B. New England Journal of Medicine Global Health See especially:
Global Health: Globalization, Climate Change, and Human Health 2013
Global Climate Change and Infectious Diseases 2010

C. Nutritionfacts.org website Numerous videos based on world-wide nutritional scientific literature. Includes UN, WHO, HHS, CDC, FDA, USDA and other guidelines. See Especially:
Diet & Climate Change–Cooking up a Storm
Sustainable healthy diets 2019

D. TED Talks
What’s Good for You is Good for the Planet: Dean Ornish MD at TEDxSF  Video. “7 Billion Well—Advances in Global Health” 2012

E. Project Drawdown lists 1) Reduced Food Waste, 2) Health & Education (Especially of women & girls, & including Family Planning/Healthy Timing of Pregnancies) and 3) Plant-Rich Diet as the 3 leading solutions to the prevention of climate change (Far more important than electric vehicles, recycling, etc.).  Although the order of importance sometimes varies, these 3 solutions have also been strongly promoted by the UN, WHO, USAID and The Lancet Commissions. For example see the UN’s Fighting Food Waste Means Fighting Climate Change