Members of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Global Working Group  (GWG) on Waiora Planetary Health will be presenting the webinar ‘Waiora: A 70-70 vision for planetary health promotion with an indigenous framing’ on December 7.

HPF’s Executive Director and co-chair of the working group, Sione Tu’itahi will moderate the webinar which will reflect on the last 70 years of health promotion, and then envisage the next 70 years by striving to define healthy and sustainable pathways.

The founding of IUHPE in the mid-20th century coincides with the proposed start date for the Anthropocene epoch. In just a few generations, humanity as a whole has become a force in nature that is undermining and unbalancing Earth’s natural systems.

Since these natural systems constitute the most fundamental ecological determinants of health, undermining them is a profound threat to health, and an existential threat to modern civilisations, and human survival. Continuing with business as usual for another 70 years is unthinkable – a public health disaster to which COVID-19 would pale by comparison.

This means that addressing the health implications of the Anthropocene is the greatest challenge for health promotion professionals in the 21st century.

Building on an upcoming article by the GWG on Waiora Planetary Health, the webinar will embrace Indigenous framings.

Central to its argument is the need for a new set of values which heed Indigenous worldviews and a renewed sense of spirituality to re-establish a reverence for nature.

“This is a very timely webinar, given that our planetary home is broken and our wellbeing as humans is being challenged by a pandemic caused by the human-induced, ecological crisis,” says HPF’s Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi and GWG co-chair.

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– Sione Tu’itahi, Co-Chair of the IUHPE Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health and Human Wellbeing, Executive Director, Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand


– Dr Trevor Hancock, Retired Professor and Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada

– Professor Tony Capon, Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University, Australia

– Ms Huti Watson, Health Promotion, Genetic Research Consultant and Indigenous woman leader, New Zealand

– Dr Mojgan Sami, Assistant Professor of Health Equity, California State University, and member of the International Environment Forum