Stand up for our earth!

Stand up for our earth!
– a short film about the global challenges of Physical Inactivity and Climate Change -

Ways of living across the world have undergone transformation because of growing globalization, industrialization, and digitalization in recent decades. On the one hand, the development has led to widespread sedentary lifestyle where one in four adults and 80% of children are inactive globally. From a Public Health perspective, physical inactivity is one of the main risk factors for lifestyle diseases like CVDs and diabetes.
On the other hand, there is an absolute urgency to address global climate crisis. Fast-paced global developments have been accompanied by a dramatic increase in human-induced greenhouse gas emissions with attendant consequences manifesting in rising global average temperature, sea level rise, increased frequent extreme weather events, and a rising but disproportionate costs for various social and natural systems. These phenomenal changes influence human health in complex and negative ways as seen in the connection between heat stress and strokes, temperature rise and spread of diseases, as well as losses and stresses associated with occurrence of natural disasters.
Responses to these multiple crises tend to operate in separate systems disregarding the interlinkages between the climate and health. From a public health perspective, this short film advocates for a wholistic approach that aims: 1) to raise awareness for the concept of co-health benefits by promoting physical activity in climate action at the personal, community and political levels, and 2) to give first ideas about how interventions in this regard can look like. Let`s stand up for our earth and become Earth Movers!

  • Jane Saftig
  • James Kahiga
  • Zipporah Mbuthia
  • Fredrick Kinyua
  • Miebaka Jamabo
  • Gai Alier John Makuei
  • James Kahigha
  • Karim Abu-Omar
    Key Cast
    "expert sport science"
  • Juliane Bönecke
    expert climate change and health
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    8 minutes
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    November 29, 2021
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    Yes - Hamburg university of applied sciences (Earth summer school - international project)
Director - Jane Saftig, James Kahiga, Zipporah Mbuthia, Fredrick Kinyua, Miebaka Jamabo, Gai Alier John Makuei