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Our future depends on changing how we relate to each other, other animals, and the natural world on which we all depend.

The climate crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, environmental degradation, human and animal exploitation, and other threats plainly illustrate how the rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet are connected.

This teaching guide accompanies a captioned video recording of the 2022 Ecological Justice and the Right to Health panel discussion. The event, sponsored by Phoenix Zones Initiative and a range of academic cosponsors, included experts from medicine, public health, the sciences, law, and ethics.

These panelists discussed why and how centering ecological justice and a right to health across global and local policies and practices can help ensure that people, animals, and the planet can be healthy and thrive.

This teaching guide includes

  • a brief overview of the issues;
  • learning objectives;
  • suggested teaching strategies;
  • questions to spark critical thinking and discussion; and
  • several recommended readings and additional resources.

This guide is most appropriate for undergraduate and graduate learners from

  • human and veterinary medicine;
  • the social and biological sciences;
  • public health;
  • humanities; and
  • law, policy and ethics.


Download the teaching guide.


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