Healthy Planet

Global meltdown or global healing

Healthy Planet offers a clear and concise overview of the global ecological crisis that humanity has brought upon itself, and what options we still have to save a benevolent climate, to restore biodiversity, reduce pollution, and heal the ecosphere of this planet, including ourselves. Since well before the Covid-19 crisis the United Nations have been emphasizing that only a healthy planet can support healthy people. The degradation and pollution of nature also poisons our own bodies. Climate breakdown and the global loss of biodiversity also threaten the human species.


But what is a “healthy planet”? How does it work, how much do we disrupt the planet’s life support systems, and what changes are overdue? We have all the necessary means at our disposal, though just patching up the worst symptoms won’t do anymore, we have to address the underlying causes, including our habits, values, and paradigms.


We are at a crucial crossroads, and time is running short. If we act fast enough, a dignified and truly sustainable healthy future awaits.

“Healthy people and a healthy planet is part and parcel of the same continuum.”
– Inger Andersen, Executive Director UN Environment Agency, 2020


“Please join me in demanding a healthy and resilient future for people and planet alike.”
– António Guterres, UN Secretary General, 2020


“Urgent and inclusive action is needed to achieve a healthy planet with healthy people.”
– UN Global Environment Outlook, 2019


What people are saying

Sandy Irvine, MSc Activist and author, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK:

The danger is not just more pandemics like Coronavirus. The solution is not just a greener “recovery”. Healthy Planet shows that the fundamental disease is the wrong relationship between people and planet. Climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are far more dangerous than COVID-19. Fred Hageneder does not pull punches about the real state of the world but he charts how we can heal its wounds.

Dr. Helen Kopnina, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands:

This is a uniquely critical and simultaneously optimistic book about the future of this planet!

Patrick Curry, PhD, Author of Ecological Ethics:

Healthy Planet is a uniquely clear and comprehensive guide to the most important issue of our times, and includes invaluable suggestions for what to actually do about it.

Dr. Peter Thomas FLS, Keele University and Associate in Harvard Forest:

If you’re not sure what the link is between our life choices, big business and the future of the planet, you need to read this book. The explanations are eloquent and the practical advice is sound.

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace:

Healthy Planet is a very timely publication. Fred Hageneder captures the true wonders and complexities of Planet Earth and all its inhabitants. He knows how much damage we humans have caused, but provides many practical suggestions for creating positive change. His message is clear and will inspire many people to take action before it is too late: together we can, we must and we will save our planet.

Prof. Eileen Crist, Virginia Tech, USA:

The comprehensive scope and sheer amount of information gathered here is impressive.

Dr. Kevan Manwaring, University of Leicester, UK:

With an eye on future generations this book offers practical advice for the wise stewardship of this rare and precious planet—the only home we know. Fred Hageneder has crafted a hopeful and empowering cri-de-cœur for the guardianship of Gaia.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker, Honorary President of the Club of Rome:

A practical and beautiful compendium on the state of the Earth and what we can do to save it.

Please order at your local bookshop, or go to the publisher’s website here.


Global meltdown or global healing

Fred Hageneder
Paperback, 416 pages, 25 illustrations

ISBN 9781789048308