According to experts of the UN and WHO, pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.
The illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade as well as the devastation of forests and other wild places were still the driving forces behind the increasing number of diseases leaping from wildlife to humans. Even more deadly disease outbreaks are likely in future unless the rampant destruction of the natural world is rapidly halted
Earlier in June, the UN environment chief and a leading economist said Covid-19 was an “SOS signal for the human enterprise” and that current economic thinking did not recognize that human wealth depends on nature’s health.
The UN and WHO urges all governments to introduce and enforce laws to eliminate the destruction of nature from supply chains of goods and on the public to make their diets more sustainable.