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In the Anthropocene, as ecological disruptions intensify and economic growth becomes increasingly untenable, health and health systems must be reimagined. At issue is not only the health of individual human beings but also community wellbeing and planetary health. Promising prefigurative practices that could enable such a transition: (1) create mutual benefits across social-ecological scales; (2) disrupt dominant Anthropocene trajectories; (3) reduce the ecological and economic costs of health and care; and (4) operate within re-embedded networks of community reciprocity.

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Zywert, K., Quilley, S. (2023). Health. In: Wallenhorst, N., Wulf, C. (eds) Handbook of the Anthropocene. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-25910-4_186

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