International Mother Earth Day

April 22nd 2020
Illustration: Charlotte Hallqvist, Earth Day 2020

"We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption."

 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

 

 

When Mother Earth sends us a message

Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Nature is suffering. Australian fires, heat records and the worst locust invasion in Kenya. Now we face COVID -19, a worldwide health pandemic link to the health of our ecosystem.

Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19

From one new infection disease that emerges in humans every 4 months, 75% of these emerging diseases come from animals, according to UN Environment...

Read the full statement from the United Nations here

 

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