2020 was set to be a milestone for the environment, but this pandemic reminds us that the environment is us. We are not separate from nature, no matter how many ‘tall walls we built’ with our cities and the urban environment we created. The environment didn’t ‘need’ protection from us in 2020, we needed protection from it. We needed a vaccine immediately and high-tech science made it, for our common good. But how long it will last with our behavior and tendencies?
One year earlier, no one could ever imagine what The World would look like today. Globally, however, the year 2020 was at a critical point for biodiversity and safeguarding the environment. The United Nations had established the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which was ratified by all UN members, as a way to stop the destruction of the planet with a deadline of 2020. CBD’s motto was “our solutions are in nature” and it seems that indeed they are. Because, for example, there may be an organism in this diverse planet that is a cure for COVID-19. Or a plant could become a cancer drug. Also, 2020 was the climate’s achievable turning point. Because the way we use the land of our planet – because we supposedly ‘need’ more stuff – emissions become more concentrated and the problem grows. But it seems that we missed all these deadlines.
Experts in this field have spoken. The anthropogenic destruction of biodiversity will “open the path to pandemics.” The space we take up on this planet is way too big and too close to other animals. Nowadays, it is too easy for a virus to jump out from a wild animal to humans. There is no witchcraft or conspiracies in science and technology. Science and technology are driven by our needs and demands. We are the consumers of the products, so we create destruction and rise of the pandemics. But it is never too late. The EU Biodiversity strategy but also the global Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations aim at 2030. Who knows what it will happen until then? We hope and pray for the best, for our children, by making our life on this planet with smaller footprint.
* The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.
Evropi-Sofia Dalampira is an Agriculturist-MSc Botany-Biology and PhD Candidate in Agricultural-Environmental Education and Science Communication.