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Why Live Lifely
For some weeks now there have been various reports of how the widespread stay-at-home has been benefitting the environment.
This week two articles came to me on this subject that I want to share with you in particular.
These articles shows the importance of creating a lifely lifestyle.
Future Pandemics Will Be More Frequent, Deadly and Will Spread More Rapidly, Unless We Stop the Widespread Destruction of Our Environment
Four scientists from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have published an article relating the presence and intensity of pandemics to environmental destruction.
Rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining and infrastructure development, as well as the exploitation of wild species have created a ‘perfect storm’ for the spillover of diseases from wildlife to people. This often occurs in areas where communities live that are most vulnerable to infectious diseases.
Our actions have significantly impacted more than three quarters of the Earth’s land surface, destroyed more than 85% of wetlands and dedicated more than a third of all land and almost 75% of available freshwater to crops and livestock production.
Add to this the unregulated trade in wild animals and the explosive growth of global air travel and it becomes clear how a virus that once circulated harmlessly among a species of bats in Southeast Asia has now infected almost 3 million people, brought untold human suffering and halted economies and societies around the world. This is the human hand in pandemic emergence.
Yet this may be only the beginning. Although animal-to-human diseases already cause an estimated 700,000 deaths each year, the potential for future pandemics is vast. As many as 1.7 million unidentified viruses of the type known to infect people are believed to still exist in mammals and water birds. Any one of these could be the next ‘Disease X’ – potentially even more disruptive and lethal than COVID-19.
Read more at:
PDF archive [this warning received very little exposure—CNN was the only major media to publish the story. I’m just keeping a copy in case it is removed]
Bees Are Thriving in the UK During Lockdown
Britain’s biggest bee farm reports that their bees are thriving as more people are shopping locally and abandoning their cars.
This is good news to me, as significant numbers of hives have not been surviving over the winter for about 15 years.
It appears change in our industrial lifestyle because of the coronavirus pandemic is contributing to helping restore bees.
The Choice is Ours
These are only two examples of both the dangers of our industrial society and the benefits that occur when our industrial impact on the environment is reduced.
The choice is ours. As we can see from the current pandemic, environmental improvements can happen quickly when industrial consumer stressors are removed, and environmental conditions will continue to degrade if industrial consumer practices are continued.