The Impact of Nature on Disease
Most pandemics start when disease jumps from animals to humans because humans get too close to natural ecosystems.
How can we prevent future pandemics? It starts with stopping the destruction of forests and the illegal wildlife trade. Protecting nature is key for a healthy future.
Here are two critical actions we must take:
- Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade
- Stop the Destruction of Nature
Most pandemics start when disease jumps from animals to humans because humans get too close to natural ecosystems. As forests are destroyed and oceans are overfished, animals and humans are more likely to get sick. These types of illnesses are known as zoonotic disease.
In the last 50 years, wildlife populations have declined by 60% and diseases that spread from animals to humans have quadrupled. The best way to prevent pandemics is to protect nature.
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