Guest blog: COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Save Lives, Protect Livelihoods, and Nature to Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics
Reproduced with permission from here by IPBES Expert Guest Article by Professors Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz and Eduardo Brondizio  and Dr. Peter Daszak  on 27 April 2020 There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic - us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity – particularly our global financial and economic systems, based on a limited paradigm that prizes economic growth at any cost. We have a small window of opportunity, in overcoming the challenges of the current crisis, to avoid sowing the seeds of future ones. Diseases like COVID-19 are caused by microorganisms that infect our bodies – with more than 70% of all emerging diseases affecting people having originated in wildlife and domesticated animals. Pandemics, however, are caused by activities that bring increasing numbers of people into direct contact and often conflict with the animals that carry these pathogens.