IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BATS: CONSERVATION AND THE CORONAVIRUS
Adam Cruise, investigative environmental journalist and academic
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.
Cruise, A. 2021. It's Not About the Bats: Conservation, the coronavirus and how we
must reset our relationship with nature. Cape Town: Tafelberg.