Date(s) - 22/04/2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
April 22 is International Mother Earth Day. This year, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the United Nations Association Coventry Branch will be running a telediscussion about how we can respond to Mother Earth’s many urgent calls to action.
Exchange points of view on the day by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86299907922
Nature is suffering. Australian fires, record global temperatures and the worst locust invasion in Kenya. Now we face COVID -19, a worldwide health pandemic linked to the health of our ecosystem.
Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as activities that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the ever-growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.
About 75% of the new infectious diseases that emerge in humans every 4 months come from animals, according to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
This shows the close relationships between human, animal and environmental health.
Let’s use International Mother Earth Day to remind ourselves that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. Let’s promote harmony with nature and the Earth.
For more information visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day