On the possibility of decolonising planetary health: exploring new geographies for collaboration

Elsevier, The Lancet Planetary Health, Volume 7, Issue 2, February 2023, Pages e179-e183
Dawn Hoogeveen, Clifford G Atleo (Kam'ayaam/Chachim'multhnii), Lyana Patrick, Angel M Kennedy, Maëve Leduc, Prof Margot W Parkes, Prof Tim K Takaro, Maya K Gislason

Decolonial planetary health aspires to centre the diversity and importance of Indigenous thought and stewardship. In this Viewpoint, we explore research in planetary health across holistic worldviews and western scientific approaches. We base our examination of decolonising interventions in planetary health by exploring how global trajectories play out in British Columbia, Canada. A central part of this analysis is highlighting intercultural thinking to promote an anti-colonial, anti-racist, and reciprocal approach to climate change and global health inequities across geographical space and within planetary health discourse. Our perspective encompasses an asset-based examination, which focuses on the Indigenous scholarship in planetary health that is already underway and considers how rigorous engagement with epistemic and geographical diversity can strengthen and advance planetary health. This is a place-based response to planetary health, as British Columbia experiences climate catastrophes that are impacting whole communities, cutting through major transportation systems, disrupting supply chains, and creating a further burden on public health agencies and authorities that are spread thin by COVID-19 response. We argue for a progressive acknowledgment of decolonising work that is pushing research and practice in planetary health forward.