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IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BATS: CONSERVATION, THE CORONAVIRUS AND HOW WE MUST RESET OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE

Adam Cruise, academic and investigative environmental journalist, Philosophy Department, Stellenbosch University

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on how human expansion on Earth has led to an increase in zoonotic viruses jumping species, and calls on us to re-examine our rampant commercialisation of nature and animals in farming, wildlife management and in our diets. At the heart of the problem is ‘anthropocentrism’: our egotistical view that ecosystems, plants, trees and other animals exist for the benefit of humans, and humans alone. This two-lecture course explores the ethical and practical issues, the personal and political choices – and solutions – to the greatest problem facing all species on Earth.

 

Recommended reading

Cruise, Adam. 2021. It’s Not About the Bats: Conservation, the coronavirus and how we must reset our relationship with nature. Cape Town: Tafelberg.

 

ONLINE: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509151100

IN-PERSON: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509153637

 

DATE: Tuesday 11–Wednesday 12 January
TIME: 1.00 pm
COURSE FEES: R150 (online)/R220 (in person)
PLATFORM: MS TEAMS