Dina Gilio-Whitaker – Indigenous Knowledge and the Discipline of Planetary Health

The coronavirus (SARS 2) outbreak has been a harsh planetary wake up call, demanding that we begin thinking seriously about societies structured on unfettered capitalist development that has thrown the planet’s bio-systems dramatically out of balance. This is not just a problem of economics and science; it’s also a problem of the epistemologies and philosophies that undergird these structures. Any solutions that don’t address and alter these guiding paradigms will be incomplete at best, and catastrophic at worst.

“The coronavirus (SARS 2) outbreak has been a harsh planetary wake up call, demanding that we begin thinking seriously about societies structured on unfettered capitalist development that has thrown the planet’s bio-systems dramatically out of balance. This is not just a problem of economics and science; it’s also a problem of the epistemologies and philosophies that undergird these structures. Any solutions that don’t address and alter these guiding paradigms will be incomplete at best, and catastrophic at worst.”