Advancing an environmentally responsible physiotherapy



A recent study from the US showed that in 2013 the health care sector was ‘responsible for significant fractions of national air pollution emissions and impacts, including acid rain (12%), greenhouse gas emissions (10%), smog formation (10%), criteria air pollutants (9%), stratospheric ozone depletion (1%), and carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic air toxins (1–2%)’ (Eckelman and Sherman, 2016).



‘The impact of human activities on our planet’s natural systems has been intensifying rapidly in the past several decades, leading to disruption and transformation of most natural systems. These disruptions in the atmosphere, oceans, and across the terrestrial land surface are not only driving species to extinction, they pose serious threats to human health and wellbeing. Characterising and addressing these threats requires a paradigm shift’ (Myers, 2017).

‘action at the level of direct drivers of nature decline, although necessary, is not sufficient … a sustainable global future’ is ‘only possible with urgent transformative change that tackles the root causes: the interconnected economic, socio-cultural, demographic, political, institutional, and technological indirect drivers behind the direct drivers’ (Diaz et al., 2019)


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Pourquoi il est temps de s’engager collectivement pour une Kinésithérapie écologique?

À l’heure d’une prise de conscience populaire des modifications climatiques et de l’impact humain sur notre environnement, il est temps de proposer des actions concrètes pour réduire notre impact sur le climat. Pour rappel, selon l’IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on...

World Physiotherapy Congress 2021 – The inofficial environmental physiotherapy stream

Shortly after the launch of the Environmental Physiotherapy Association in the middle of 2019 I put out what felt like a wish to the universe (in blogpost format) hoping for people to submit their interest in environmental and sustainability related topics to be...

The UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The beginning of this New Year also marks the beginning of a new decade that is widely considered crucial for the future of human health and flourishing. With that in mind, it seems pertinent that we begin the year with a topic that we haven't covered very explicitly...

Living well with pain, by the sea

Living with persistent pain can be difficult!  Pain permeates every part of my life and is my constant companion.  In this blog I hope to show how the beauty of the natural world can help support those of us living with persistent pain, and in particular how living by...

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