Ronnee Strickland discovers very interesting article relative to Covid causes by legendary primatologist Jane Goodall. My thoughts exactly, stated Strickland, in being interviewed.
Jane Goodall says humanity’s ‘disrespect of the natural world’ brought on the pandemic
By Rachael Rettner – Senior Writer 2 days ago
The legendary primatologist urged people to develop a new, more sustainable relationship with the natural world.
Legendary primatologist Jane Goodall says the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for humans to develop a new, more sustainable relationship with nature, according to news reports.
We basically brought this [pandemic] on ourselves by our disrespect of the natural world, forcing animals closer to people, making it easier for a pathogen to jump from an animal to a person,” Goodall said in an interview with AFP. “Hopefully this pandemic has woken people up. We must develop a new relationship with the natural world.”
Though the exact origin of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has yet to be found, scientists know the virus originated in an animal before making its way into the human population.
Goodall made the comments Thursday (May 20) after winning the 2021 Templeton Prize, a $1.5 million award that honors people who “harness the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it,” according to the John Templeton Foundation, which grants the prize. Previous recipients of the award include the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.
Goodall told The Guardian that she wants to draw attention to several major problems that the world faces today, including an unsustainable lifestyle in developed countries and harmful agricultural practices.
“We have this crazy notion that we can have unlimited economic development on a planet with finite natural resources and a growing population of humans and their livestock,” Goodall told The Guardian. “We have to work out some kind of sustainable population, especially of livestock. Commercial agriculture is destroying immense areas of habitat to grow the grain to feed all these billions of animals — and a lot of fossil fuels are used in the process.”