One World Thing: Global Leaders Unite to Fight Destruction of Nature That Triggered Pandemic

Burning forests in the Amazon in Brazil, 2019.      Photo: Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters via The Guardian

Yesterday, three key global leaders united to write an op/ed for the Guardian. Together they issued a powerful call to action (taking a shot at the Trump Administration among others):

“while Covid-19 has given us yet another reason to protect and preserve nature, we have actually seen the reverse take place. From the Greater Mekong to the Amazon and Madagascar, alarming reports have emerged of increased poaching, illegal logging and forest fires, while many countries are engaging in hasty environmental rollbacks and cuts in funding for conservation. This all comes at a time when we need it most.”

At the same time, a group of former heads of state and former foreign ministers pointed to a new report by the Campaign for Nature, that found that the destruction of the natural world is an urgent issue for our economies, preventing pandemics, and the overall wellbeing of mankind, and yet thus far protecting nature has been overlooked by stimulus discussions by governments worldwide.  The chorus is getting louder if only this were not such a tragedy already.

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