Either halt destruction or suffer worse pandemics, top scientists warn

Either Halt Destruction Or Suffer Worse Pandemics - We The World Magazine

Cross-party UK ministers urged the British Chancellor to recognize the need to protect the interdependent environment while reforming the economy. He was cited with top scientists saying either halt destruction or face worse pandemics.

The UK chancellor was asked to recognize the need to protect the environment, animals, and plants and to ensure ‘strict conditions’ on the future environmental performance of the bailout industries like aviation and intensive farming, least the harm to nature by these industries is regulated, the Guardian reports. 

The Green Party MP,  Caroline Lucas wrote in a letter to the Chancellor urging to “recognize in his economic recovery plans that human health is dependant on that of animals, plants and the environment.”

This is a question that has been doing the rounds in various platforms across the globe. While countries are busy allocating a specific region as the epicenter of the pandemic virus, many experts are hinting at a much larger spectrum of reasons as to why novel viruses continue to unleash hell on earth every once a while.

We have a small window of opportunity, in overcoming the challenges of the current crisis, to avoid sowing the seeds of future one,”  (Image Courtesy of United Nations COVID-19 response via Unsplash)

“Diseases like COVID-19 are caused by microorganisms that infect our bodies – with more than 70% of all emerging diseases affecting people having originated in wildlife and domesticated animals,” top scientists write in a paper published at Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which the UK Chancellor was cited.

The uninhibited slaughter of animals in factory farms, along with other intensive farming practices has somewhere along the line released zoonotic bacteria and viruses into the ecosystem. Time and again it has been proved that they pose a serious health threat to humans. Ebola, Swine flu, SARS, MERS, novel coronavirus have all been deadly and have been linked to animal origins. 

The MPs of the cross-party group want the UK to learn from the current situation and help developing nations to halt deforestation, help poorer nations to improve healthcare by funding, and encourage better overall agricultural practices, according to the report.

Either Halt Destruction Or Suffer Worse Pandemics, Top Scientists Say

Not too long ago following the cross-party MP’s letter to the Uk Chancellor, a group of top scientists in the world warned that a pandemic of even worse scale likely to hit, if the ‘root cause’ that is the rampant destruction of nature is not stopped.

The group of scientists says current pandemics are a bi-product of a world that prices economic growth at any cost. “We have a small window of opportunity, in overcoming the challenges of the current crisis, to avoid sowing the seeds of future one,” they say.

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“Future pandemics are likely to happen more frequently, spread more rapidly, have a greater economic impact, and kill more people if we are not extremely careful about the possible impacts of the choices we make today.”

The paper highlights ‘uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining, and infrastructure development’ along with wildlife exploitation has created a ‘perfect storm’ for the spillover of diseases from wildlife to people.’

Scientists, in the paper titled “COVID-19 Stimulus Measures,” also warns there’re 1.7 million viruses that can potentially infect humans lurk in the animals and water birds. And:

“any one of these could be the next ‘Disease X’ – potentially even more disruptive and lethal than COVID-19.”

While warnings such as these continue to be muffled by the mainstream platforms across the world, these warnings find a way to peek out through some source or the others. Whether these warnings are taken seriously or not, the truth won’t change.

We are facing a huge crisis today but are we ready to make adjustments? Are we ready to sacrifice our ‘choices’ for the greater good- that is the question. Whereas the warning might have gone to the UK chancellor, the world as a whole must take note.