Healthy planet healthy people

Human health and the health of our environment are inextricably linked. Our collective resilience, well-being, nutrition, and ability to avert disease is fully connected to the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.

Watch presentations and panel discussions from the Fuller Symposium below. Hear leading health and environment experts discuss the relationship and complexity between human health and environmental systems and what we need to do to create better health opportunities for people and nature.


1:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Carter Roberts, President & CEO, WWF


Opening Address

Conflict and the Global Threat of Pandemics

Michele Barry, Director, Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health

1:45 pm

Session 1

Complexity and Connections between Health and the Environment

Planetary Health

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

Sam Myers, Director, Planetary Health Alliance


Setting Their Own Path

Engaging local communities to improve health and agriculture

Ruth Oniang’o, Founder, Rural Outreach Africa


How Saving Forests Could Save Your Life

The economics of deforestation and human health

Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Associate Vice President for Conservation and Health, EcoHealth



Moderated by Pamela Matson, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute, Stanford University

3:20 pm


3:50 PM

Session 2

Advancing Solutions for People and the Planet

Context and Scale

Mediators of environmental-health relationships

William Pan, Elizabeth Brooks Reid and Whitlaw Reid Associate Professor of Population Studies and Global Environmental Health, Duke


Blue Marble Thinking

Seeing our world with new eyes

Karabi Acharya, Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Environmental Health and Psychological Wellbeing

Making the connection

Susan Clayton, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology, The College of Wooster



Moderated by Natalie Phaholyothin, CEO, WWF-Thailand

5:25 pm

Closing Conversation

How Can Conservation Meet This Challenge?

Rebecca Shaw, Chief Scientist, WWF
Nik Sekhran, Chief Conservation Officer, WWF
Moderated by Sam Myers, Director, Planetary Health Alliance


Closing Remarks

Carter Roberts, President & CEO, WWF