International Day of Forests

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The development that humanity is so proud of has brought the world to a stand still today as the entire world is under lockdown. Roads tearing through pristine forests that have been untouched for centuries, cities encroaching on beautiful wetlands, human populations growing exponentially and rapid urbanisation disrupting beautiful wild spaces is bringing people in close contact with animal species we may have never been near before.

There has been an increasing amount of evidence showing linkages between destroyed and degraded habitats to the spread of zoonotic diseases and the emergence of mass pandemics such as COVID-19. In this jarring time it is more important than ever for us to recognise the urgency and need to protect what remains of these pristine habitats.

Today on International Day of Forests, we would like to bring to your attention the need for us, as a society to ensure that this is not just the beginning of mass pandemics brought on by human activities. Poorly planned and researched development projects, rampant mining and logging that destroys vast patches of forests as well as hunting and illegal live and wet markets will all continue to pose an increasing and serious threat to global economies, health and security unless acted upon now.

On this International Day of Forests, let’s resolve to save and conserve our wild spaces and wildlife.

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