by Damian Carrington
The UN says, "governments must seize the opportunity
back better' after the pandemic" by
creating more sustainable and resilient societies.
No matter what the problem,
is always the 'answer.'
The obvious bias of some radical, activist
scientists is wearing thin in the public mind.
These scientists have turned science into a religion
closely associated with the myth of Gaia, the
primordial Greek goddess that personifies the earth.
The earth is believed to be a living organism
capable of sentient thoughts.
Only one species is responsible for coronavirus
- humans -
leading wildlife experts...
Destruction of Nature or suffer even Worse Pandemics - Say World's
The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be followed by even more
deadly and destructive disease outbreaks unless their root cause -
the rampant destruction of the natural world - is rapidly halted,
the world's leading biodiversity experts have warned.
"There is a single
species responsible for the
Covid-19 pandemic - us," they said.
"Recent pandemics are
a direct consequence of human activity, particularly our global
financial and economic systems that prize economic growth at any
We have a small
window of opportunity, in overcoming the challenges of the
current crisis, to avoid sowing the seeds of future ones."
Settele, Sandra Díaz and Eduardo Brondizio led the
most comprehensive planetary health check ever undertaken, which
was published in 2019 by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
It concluded that
human society was in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the
Earth's natural life-support systems.
article published on Monday, with Dr Peter Daszak, who is
next IPBES assessment, they write:
deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive
farming, mining and infrastructure development, as well as the
exploitation of wild species have created a 'perfect storm' for
the spillover of diseases."
cause pandemics by bringing more people into contact and conflict
with animals, from which 70% of emerging human diseases originate,
urbanization and the explosive growth of global air travel, this
enabled a harmless virus in Asian bats to bring,
suffering and halt economies and societies around the world.
This is the human hand in pandemic emergence. Yet [Covid-19] may
be only the beginning."
pandemics are likely to happen more frequently, spread more
rapidly, have greater economic impact and kill more people if we
are not extremely careful about the possible impacts of the
choices we make today," they said.
The scientists said
the multitrillion-dollar economic recovery packages being rolled out
by governments must be used to strengthen and enforce environmental
"It may be
politically expedient to relax environmental standards and to
prop up industries such as
intensive agriculture, airlines, and fossil-fuel-dependent
energy sectors, but doing so without requiring urgent and
fundamental change essentially subsidizes the emergence of
A global "One
Health" approach must also be expanded, they said.
"The health of
people is intimately connected to the health of wildlife, the
health of livestock and the health of the environment. It's
actually one health," said Daszak.
at a wet market in Kuala Lumpur.
Photograph: Vincent Thian/AP
surveillance programs and health services need to be properly funded
in nations on the frontlines of pandemic risk, they said:
"This is not
simple altruism - it is vital investment in the interests of all
to prevent future global outbreaks."
we're talking about will cost tens of billions of dollars a
But if you get one pandemic, even just one a century, that
costs trillions, so you still come out with an incredibly good
return on investment.
usual will not work. Business as usual right now for pandemics
is waiting for them to emerge and hoping for a vaccine. That's
not a good strategy.
We need to deal with the underlying
In March, the UN's
environment chief, Inger Andersen, told the Guardian "nature
is sending us a message" with the coronavirus pandemic and the
ongoing climate crisis.
failing to take care of the planet
meant not taking care of ourselves...
Last week, the UN
secretary general, António Guterres, said governments must seize the
to "build back better" after the pandemic by creating more
sustainable and resilient societies.
Lovejoy, at the United Nations Foundation and George Mason
University in the US, who coined the term "biological diversity" in
1980, said on Saturday:
is not nature's revenge; we did it to ourselves."
"It is the
consequence of our persistent and excessive intrusion in nature
and the vast illegal wildlife trade, and in particular the
wildlife markets, the wet markets, of south Asia and bush meat
markets of Africa," he said.
Earlier in April, a
major study found that the human impact on wildlife was to
blame for the spread of viruses.
In the new article,
the biodiversity experts said:
"We can emerge
from the current crisis stronger and more resilient than ever,
[by] choosing actions that protect nature, so that nature can
help to protect us."