The situation we face based on COVID-19 is changing rapidly. At the moment it may look like our planet is having a chance to breath. NASA reported that air pollution in China (mainly nitrogen dioxide) decreased by about 30%. Marshall Burke, a researcher at Stanford University, calculated that the air quality improvements observed in China could save the lives of 4,000 children under the age of 5 and 73,000 adults over the age of 70. It is no surprise, air pollution significantly goes down in Europe as well. All of this would be great news if it wans’t the coronavirus behind, but our determination to act and address the environmental crisis.
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Health and climate action go hand in hand
The conservation sector is also impacted by the global pandemic. 2020 was supposed to be a year for several crutial meetings focusing on biodiversity and and the climate overheating, many of which are now cancelled or postponed until further notice. It is visible, that the climate crisis is not of upmost priority in these sentitive times. However, the experts working in the nature conservation sector have been warning everyone: Separating health and environmental policy is simply a delusion. Our continued destruction of Wilderness and wild areas has enabled deseases to easily spread from wildlife to humans. Our health strongly depends on how we react to the environmental crisis and where leaders decide to allocate rescue funds in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo challenge: How do you continue working for nature?
The pandemic has impacted several sectors and the conservation sector is no exception. Planned travels, activities are postponed and we have to adapt quickly. However, many nature conservation NGOs are used to doing important work to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity all across the globe, remotely.
The team of the European Wilderness Society is spread across Europe, therefore online co-working is not new to us. However, putting the safety of our staff first, even the main office closed and we switched to working from home. We hold regular online team meetings and put additional efforts to connect with each other internally, as well as with our readers through weekly webinars.
Conservation work doesn’t stop, and we would like you to join us in proving just that. Share with us your photos of choice of what your home office looks like. Upload your photos using the form below and we will publish these photos and stories on a regular basis! Let’s inspire and motivate each other to continue the invaluable work for nature!