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Welcome to the Planetary Healthy Equity Hothouse – or as we like to call it, the Hothouse.

Humanity faces three major and interconnected challenges – climate change, social inequality and premature death and disease. Governance approaches to date have failed to prevent these problems, and in many cases have made the situation worse. 

The Hothouse is here to generate new ways to address these failings. By centring governance goals around planetary health equity, we aim to promote the equitable enjoyment of good health for all within the context of a stable, sustainable ecosystem.  

Such an approach requires an interdisciplinary analysis that integrates political, economic, commercial and social frameworks. Using this integrated analysis, we aim to generate a comprehensive understanding of the consumptogenic system - the institutions, actors, norms, policies, commercial activities and behaviours that encourage and reward the excessive production and consumption of fossil fuel-reliant goods and services that are unhealthy and inequitably valued and distributed. 

Equipped with a better understanding of the consumptogenic system’s evolution and current dynamics, the Hothouse will start to identify the conditions that enable the transformation of the system towards planetary health equity goals, and shift governance practices toward a more effective modern paradigm. 

Overview of the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse

Professor Sharon Friel explains the what, why, and how of the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. 

The Hothouse Team

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The Hothouse is the centrepiece of the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in Governance for Planetary Health Equity, housed in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University.