Population, Health and Environment: Engaging Policymakers to Invest in Integrated Development
Humans and the environment are inextricably linked. Population size and age, fertility, mobility, settlement patterns, and resource availability and consumption all influence the impact we have on the environment. Solving the complex challenges we face today demands a better understanding of how these aspects of population impact the environment, how environmental change impacts our health and well-being, and what can be done to address these issues. PRB’s International Programs improve the well-being of current and future generations and contribute to positive social change, with an emphasis on the developing world. PRB’s Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) program aims to:
- Increase awareness among decision-makers, professionals, and advocates about population, health, and environment challenges and integrated, rights-based solutions.
- Build leadership and capacity to work on and communicate about population, health, and environment linkages.
- Develop regional networks for information sharing and collaboration.
- Strengthen journalists’ reporting on population, health, and environment topics.
Jason Bremner, Associate Vice President for Population, Health, and Environment, PRB, provided an overview of global demographic trends. Kristen Patterson, Senior Policy Analyst, PRB, sharee PRB’s new ENGAGE multimedia presentation on “Population, Health, and Environment Working Together,” which highlights the complex and interrelated challenges faced by many families and communities around the world, and shows how the PHE (population, health, and environment) approach can address these challenges.