1st IPBES Podcast Now Available - Listen to Nature Insight: Speed Dating with the Future – IPBES

Every single pandemic has a link to wildlife. They are all linked to human, anthropogenic, environmental changes. They emerge through the connections we make to nature. These will happen unless we change our relationship with nature.”

 

Biodiversity experts, like disease ecologist Dr. Peter Daszak, who works to predict and prevent outbreaks of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, are transforming the way we think about nature and its value on a new podcast series being launched today 8 July 2020 by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

 

Last year, IPBES alerted the world to the fact that 1 million species of plants and animals now risk extinction. Now tune in each week for a new audio series: Nature Insight -Speed Dating with the Future.

 

Over the course of six widely varied episodes, leaders from the frontlines of biodiversity research and action, speaking in their individual expert capacities, will share cutting-edge science and vibrant personal insights about some of the most important issues facing people and the planet – starting with the links between COVID-19, nature loss and what we can do to reduce the risk of future pandemics.

 

“We estimate 1.7 million viruses in wildlife that could emerge in the future. Most of them won’t be able to become pandemic, but there will be lots that can,” said Dr. Daszak, emphasizing the importance of preventive measures that can protect the health of people and the rest of nature as well. “It’s just crazy to sit here and worry about this pandemic and not get ready for those others that are ready, willing and able to emerge.”

 

“The science tells us that we should treat each person equally in the face of this pandemic, or we’re all at risk. If the outbreak persists in any community, the outbreak persists in our community.”

 

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