Its not about the bats: conservation and the corona virus

14 Jun 2021 - 09:00

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on how human expansion on Earth has led to an increase in zoonotic viruses jumping species. It 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. Adam Cruise explores the ethical and practical issues, the personal and political choices – and solutions – to the greatest problem facing all species on Earth.