ask theory, planetary health, renzo guinto

Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 92: May Kinalaman Ba Ang Klima Sa Paglaganap Ng COVID-19?

Dr. Renzo Guinto is the Chief Planetary Health Scientist and Co-Founder of the newly established Sunway Centre for Planetary Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Concurrently, he is the Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Public Health and Inaugural Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program of the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine in the Philippines. He is also a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, and convener of Planetary Health Philippines, a community of Filipino scholars and practitioners for advancing the new discipline of planetary health.

We talked about the definition and significance of planetary health, the ways in which climate change affects human health, the link between the COVID-19 pandemic and planetary health, the need for the decolonization of science, what lies ahead for planetary health and the future of humanity, and more.

How to contact Dr. Renzo:

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Listen to Ask Theory Episode 92 here:

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Music: Hopeful Cinematic Ambient by bdProductions; My Mysterious Planet by Free Music

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