Advancing an environmentally responsible physiotherapy


The world faces complex and interrelated crises… Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, rapid urbanization, geopolitical conflict and militarization, demographic change, population displacement, poverty, and widespread inequity create risks of future crises even more severe than those experienced today. Responses require investments that integrate planetary, societal, community and individual health and well-being (WHO 2021 Geneva Charter for Wellbeing)


 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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A growing selection of resources carefully selected by members of the EPA to inspire your thinking and practice of environmental physiotherapy. 

Giving the right names to emerging areas of environmental physiotherapy practice

As our understanding of the many different connections between physiotherapy and the environment continues to grow, and we advance research and education across the breadth of environmental physiotherapy (EPT), the many implications this has for physiotherapy practice...

¿Qué es la salud planetaria?

La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) define salud como “un estado de bienestar físico, mental y social que permite el desarrollo óptimo del individuo”. Desde la pura definición del término, la salud planetaria va mucho más allá en su complejidad, ya que aspira a...

Én helse, bærekraft og fysioterapi med hest

I en nylig publisert podcast diskuterer Professor Tobba Sudmann folkehelse og bærekraft. Sudmann er fysioterapeut, så bærekraft og fysioterapi bli tatt opp med jevne mellomrom.  Hun er opptatt av sammenhengen mellom hvordan vi lever, hva vi gjør og hvordan vi tenker...

Breaking up the boundaries of our profession and creating something meaningful – Living the Oneness of One Health

Things are packed, and the passport is ready. Now it's just a matter of getting on the train and embarking on an adventure. Quite unexpectedly, as a Master's Student in Physiotherapy, I was accepted for the One Health Summer School in Edinburgh, organized by Una...

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