The coronavirus outbreak has proved to be a tough time for everybody; losing loved ones, online school, missing friends and family and working on the front line. Being in a pandemic is an extremely strange circumstance and takes us right out of our routines, making us feel even more out of control. Unfortunately, these 'strange' times are set to become somewhat normal if we don't start to make serious changes.
The only species to blame for Covid-19 is humans. The way that humankind treats the earth has made it an environment that allows deadly viruses to spread. If we continue to disrespect our home, it is highly likely that we will start to see more frequent and more dangerous pandemics.
It is completely possible for humans and nature to live in harmony, however, it's crucial that we are able to find the right balance for mutual benefit. Currently, the health of our ecosystems is deteriorating because of the stress we put on our resources.
Deforestation, ballooning agriculture, battery farming and hunting put humans into close contact with pathogen-carrying animals. With over 70% of all new diseases originating in wildlife, it's unsurprising that our destructive lifestyles are increasing our exposure to and risk of disease.
The more land we use for food production and housing, the closer we push ourselves to wildlife, leaving us vulnerable to catching new pathogens which could lead to a pandemic. Our interaction with nature needs to change, urgently, if we are to prevent any further pandemics.
In the aftermath of Covid-19, there will be a lot of focus on restoration. While we may need to work hard to bring back some level of normality, environmental issues should be high up on the to-do-list. We must learn from this and work on improving our relationship with nature to prevent a new, deadlier outbreak.