Almost all aspects of human health depend on a thriving natural world. From fresh air, clean water and food to energy, medicines and materials, nature is vital to our survival and well-being.
The impacts of COVID-19 are devastating. We must recognize how humanityâ€™s relationship with nature contributes to the emergence of these diseases and stop it from happening again.
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COVID-19 is nature sending us a message
Did you know that around 60% of infectious diseases that affect people start in animals?
New zoonotic diseases - which jump from animals to humans - have increasingly emerged in recent decades. These include Ebola, SARS and, most recently, COVID-19. As humans infringe on once-wild environments and animals lose habitats, we are at greater risk of zoonotic diseases jumping from animals to humans.
Biodiversity conservation should be a non-negotiable and strategic investment to preserve our health, property and security.
What can you do?
If we continue to destroy the natural world, we will see more outbreaks like COVID-19, and the next pandemic could be even more deadly and costly.