Panellists kickstarted the interactions and gave 5-minute reflections each on the question: “How can planetary health serve as the new compass for health systems governance in the time of COVID-19 and beyond?” The four panellists, which included Dr Tolullah Oni all brought a wealth of fundamental considerations to the table – appealing that we all join forces to institute the paradigm shift required for planetary health.
The question of how to achieve healthy, sustainable urban futures demands a singular emphasis. The scale and rate of change of modern urbanisation is unprecedented – so much so that it threatens the health gains of the past century. Urbanisation is the greatest ecological shift in human history, and in modern times has attained dimensions never seen before. We have mere decades to enact the greatest transformational change the planet has ever seen, if we are to safeguard a sustainable future. Indeed, the scope, scale, and ambition of transformative efforts need to accelerate dramatically, if humanity is to achieve sustainability before being overwhelmed by global change.