1. Harunur Rashid
  2. General Discussion
  3. Monday, 20 July 2020
I think, coronavirus outbreak teaches us one thing important - "if you are cruel to the nature, it will take revenge someday". My realization is that humankind as a whole has done a lot of injustice to the nature: deforestation, loss of habitat for wildlife, river dam construction, blocking natural flow of waters, massive conversion of natural habitats for human use, huge loss of biodiversity, fossil fuel burn resulting in global warming & climate change, huge industrial development throughout the globe & resultant pollution, many more.

Under this realization, we need to step very carefully, not only to preserve the remaining part of nature we have around us but also to restore nature as much as we can. Let us think critically: why a virus (e.g. coronavirus) that lives in wild animals should come to human body? do we really need to hunt and eat wild animals where we have plenty of animal protein supply from fish & livestock rearing? why wild animals (like bats, foxes, monkeys, many more) need to come close to human habitats?- it is because we have destroyed their habitats and they are often compelled to come close to human systems for food?...... yes, most of these things are true, as per my understanding.

Ecologists have found that there are much more zoonotic disease in the places where natural habitats are degraded and fragmented. We must realize that Home sapiens is one of the millions of species in this planet and every species has its own right to live and survive.... but have we ever taught how many species have been extinct from the earth due to human activities? We, the humankind, have destroyed each and every part of nature for our 'profit' and we are now undergoing other side of the coin, 'the forfeit'.
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Hi Harunur

I agree entirely. If humanity can't learn to live in harmony with nature, we will end-up paying a terrible price. In fact, we are already experiencing dire consequences like COVD-19, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, desertification, water scarcity, fires, and pollution. However, we're on a trajectory where things are going to rapidly get much worse.

Are you familiar with Doughnut Economics? It is a conceptual framework of social and planetary boundaries that we need to stay within if we want humanity and nature to thrive. The creator Kate Raworth has published a book, plus there are various online resources linked from her website.
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Hi Harunur

Unfortunately, most of humankind has developed a belief that we are separate from nature and that it's just a resource to be exploited. Of course, the reality is that we are part of the biosphere and depend on it for our well-being and survival, just as all other living things do. Like you, I hope that COVID-19 can contribute to a paradigm shift.
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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