Hope Ferdowsian, “A silent call for a socially and ecologically just One Health approach” (2023) CABI One Health.
Summary: In 1962, the world began reading biologist Rachel Carson’s warnings of a silent spring, which challenged the claim that humans are separate from nature. Carson wrote of a hidden danger—a synthetic insecticide known as DDT—threatening human and nonhuman lives. She warned of how birdless skies and fishless waterways foreshadowed what could happen to humans—ultimately ushering in an environmental movement and a transformation in national and international policy.
This article is an invited commentary that illustrates the need for a socially and ecologically just One Health approach and how the author arrived at this evidence-based view throughout her own medical and public health career.