Towards a Wellbeing economy - A conversation with Trevor Hancock and Jo-Ann Roberts

"We live on a small planet, a blue dot, in Carl Sagan’s words, and it is our only home. Yet we are living well beyond the Earth’s carrying capacity and transgressing multiple planetary boundaries while simultaneously creating massive inequality – some are calling this a polycrisis. It is a truism that every system is designed to achieve the results it gets, so it seems our present economic system is designed to achieve these results. To get a different result, we need to change the economic system, and the underlying societal values that drive it. That realization is the basis of a growing movement to create a well-being economy and a Well-being society. We have to learn how to live a One Planet way of life locally and create a One Planet Region locally."

Trevor Hancock Bio

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant. He ‘retired’ in 2018 from his role as Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment & the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and was the first leader of the Green Party of Canada in the 1980s.

His recent focus has been the combination of his two main areas: The relationship between human health and the natural environment and linking the healthy and sustainable community approaches through the concept of a 'One Planet' region. In retirement he has started a new NGO, Conversations for a One Planet Region, to explore and popularise these ideas locally, works with Doctors for Planetary Health in BC and is a member of the IUHPE’s Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health.
Thu. Jul 6, 2023
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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