Across the world, billions of us have been in lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, and experts say that the cause of the pandemic can be tied back to nature. Deforestation and the expansion of human settlements puts people in closer contact with wild animals, making us more vulnerable to disease.
In fact, plants and animals in our wild spaces are intricately linked to our wellbeing. Protecting and sustainably managing nature can help prevent climate change, a crisis that could imperil our species. Our wild spaces are also home to indigenous communities, many of whom are diligent protectors of their lands and water, and important medications can be linked directly back to nature.
We rely on nature in so many facets of our lives and we must act now before it is gone. Find out more about why nature is so critical to our future. Take the quiz!