Jane Goodall, famed primatologist, and a leading voice in conservation efforts, sees a direct line between the global coronavirus pandemic and humanity’s disregard for and mistreatment of nature. “We are all interconnected and if we don’t get that lesson from this pandemic, then maybe we never will” states Jane Goodall
Many infectious diseases that have emerged in our lifetime — Zika virus, MERS, AIDS and Ebola – have stemmed in some way from human interference with wildlife and their habitats, creating the conditions that allow new viruses, like COVID-19, to transfer from animals to people (zoonotic transfer). Around 75% of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a five-alarm fire and a loud wake-up call to better manage our relationship with mother nature. To strive towards a sustainable future, it is paramount to not just prevent further degradation, we must counteract the degradation of our world’s ecosystems. It starts with you.