Climate activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday called for a change in food production and consumption in the face of repeated crises looming over the world.
“The climate crisis, the ecological crisis and the health crisis – they are all linked,” Thunberg said in a video posted to social media on the occasion of International Biodiversity Day.
“Millions of people have died from Covid-19, Zika, Ebola, West Nile fever, SARS, MERS, HIV-AIDS,” as viruses pass from animals to humans, she added.
“The way we cultivate and treat nature by cutting down forests and destroying habitats, we create the ideal conditions for diseases to spread from animal to animal – and to us,” said the young man from 18 years old.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is likely that an animal transmitted the coronavirus to humans.
Zoonoses – diseases that have passed from animals to humans – represent a high percentage of all newly identified infectious diseases, as well as many existing diseases.
“If we continue to produce food like we do, we will also destroy the habitats of most plants and wildlife, leading countless species to extinction,” Thunberg added.
“They are our survival system if we lose them we will be lost too.”
She also backtracked on her focus on climate change, renewing her call for deep emission reductions immediately.
“When we think of the bad guys in the climate crisis, of course we think of the fossil fuel companies, but agriculture and land use together account for about a quarter of our emissions, that’s huge,” he said. she declared.
“It doesn’t have to be like that. If we switch to a plant-based diet, we could save up to eight billion tonnes of CO2 each year.”
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