The world is changing rapidly and humans are at the forefront of this change. Not only are people being affected by global alterations, we are contributing to the transition. Some geologists now believe that human activity has irrevocably altered our planet to the extent that we have entered a new geological age – the Anthropocene age. This is more than just about understanding our place in the history of the planet; it is about the future and our involvement in it. There is no part of the Earth now left unaffected by the human footprint and consequential health risks are emerging unevenly all over the world, with a re-emergence of infectious diseases and an increase in life-style related diseases. We face a contradiction: economic and social development is needed to alleviate poverty and improve human lives, but ecosystems are still deteriorating because of past and present patterns of development, with major implications for human health.
EcoHealth as a concept is designed to meet the challenges of the future in this dynamic and complex world.