Is Coronavirus good or bad for the environment? Here is what people have to say:
- “Never before have so many opportunities existed for pathogens to pass from wild and domestic animals to people. Our continued erosion of wild spaces has brought us uncomfortably close to animals and plants that harbour diseases that can jump to humans. At the end of the day, [with] all of these events, nature is sending us a message.” – Inger Andersen, Environment Chief, United Nations
- “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event.” – Fei Liu, air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard space flight centre
- “The pandemic is fast, shining a spotlight on our ability or inability to respond to urgent threats. But like pandemics, climate change can be planned for in advance, if politicians pay attention to the warnings of scientists who are sounding the alarm. As for the environmental benefits we see from the slowdown of day-to-day life and economic activity in terms of improving air quality and other slight benefits, it’s a good sign that our ecosystems are somewhat resilient if we don’t completely destroy them. But it would be nice if we could improve our environment without having to cripple our economy.” – Peter Gleick, climate scientist and founder of the Pacific Institute in Berkeley, California.
- “The separation of health and environmental policy is a dangerous delusion. Our health entirely depends on the climate and the other organisms we share the planet with.” – Aaron Bernstein, Harvard School of Public Health in the US
- “Meetings are being canceled but important decisions should not be delayed. The corona crisis cannot be allowed to slow down action to tackle climate and ecological crises.” – Anton Lazarus, European Environmental Bureau.
- “I think that there’s potential for this pandemic to become a moment of mass awaking of our ability to have compassion for each other.” – Sarah Myhre, climate scientist and environmental justice activist
- “The emergence and spread of Covid-19 was not only predictable, it was predicted [in the sense that] there would be another viral emergence from wildlife that would be a public health threat.” – Prof Andrew Cunningham, Zoological Society of London.
- “It seems clearly incorrect and foolhardy to conclude that pandemics are good for health … But the calculation is perhaps a useful reminder of the often-hidden health consequences of the status quo.” – Marshall Burke, researcher at Stanford University
Is Coronavirus good or bad for the environment? You be the judge!