Climate change. Ocean overfishing and dead zones. Animal extinction. Soil depletion and desertification. Environmental pollution. Overpopulation. Failed states. Debt. Chronic disease. Pandemics.

These are some of the top stressors on the planet and the human race—and while each is well-recognized, what is nowhere near as well understood is the manner in which they’re connected and interdependent. Just take a look at the news of the last few months, when a disease jumped between animal species to sicken and kill people around the world, just as quickly slamming the brakes on the global economy and sparking a humanitarian crisis of world-war proportions.

Read more, in this interview with Omega co-founder Michael Lerner and senior advisor Joan Diamond in Inside Philanthropy.

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