The international “People and Planet –From Theory to Solutions” conference will be held from November 8 to 10, 2021 in the European Green Capital 2021 Lahti, Finland. This multidisciplinary event aims to identify solutions that academic research and practices promoting planetary health can provide to global challenges. 

The conference brings together actors from different areas of society: researchers and experts in the fields of environment and health, decision-makers and students. 

-The relationship between the nature and human is even more visible now after this pandemic year. Human well-being depends on nature, but we still don´t know enough about the health benefits that nature provides on a population level. People and Planet conference will showcase the latest research results and invites the cities to discuss these ever more essential themes, says Saara Vauramo, the Programme director of the European Green Capital 2021 Lahti. 

The speakers are top experts from Finnish and international universities, research institutes and projects. They address the impact of climate change on human beings and health, as well as the human impact on the climate and the environment. Speakers include Academy Professor Markku Kulmala (Academy of Finland, the University of Helsinki) and Secretary General Liisa Rohweder (World Wildlife Fund Finland). The event will also address the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

The conference will be held as a hybrid event. If the COVID-19 situation and measures in autumn allow, we wish as many participants as possible to join the conference in person, but virtual participation is also possible. 

The conference is organized by the University of Helsinki, the City of Lahti, Lahti - European Green Capital 2021 –project, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing, the Finnish Environment Institute, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, and World Wildlife Fund Finland. It follows on from The Helsinki Planetary Health Conference in 2019, and will continue in the spirit of the Helsinki Declaration in emphasizing the urgency for action. 

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