Our planet, our health

Today, on World Health Day, we join the rest of the world to reflect on the theme ‘Our planet, our health’.

Today the World Health Organisation (WHO) is focusing global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.  

WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes.

This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity.

The climate crisis is a health crisis!

While the Covid-19 pandemic showed us the healing power of science, it also highlighted the inequities in our world. The pandemic has revealed weaknesses in all areas of society and underlined the urgency of creating sustainable well-being societies committed to achieving equitable health now and for future generations without breaching ecological limits.

Through the Our planet, our health campaign, WHO will urge governments and the public to share stories of steps they are taking to protect the planet and their health and prioritize well-being societies.


  • The date of April 7 also marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.