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Laudato Si’ Week: 16 – 24 May

Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Destructive practices – such as logging, mining, industrial farming – which drive wildlife into contact with people must be reviewed. Live animal markets – an ideal mixing bowl for disease – must end. She highlighted other environmental impacts in 2020, such as the huge Australian bushfires and the worst ever locust invasion in West Africa. “The financial and social support packages to maintain and eventually resuscitate the global economy post-pandemic should therefore promote health, equity, and environmental protection” Anderson said; “we must transition to a more resilient, zero-carbon, just and healthier future, and resources must be directed this way”. She reflected that, “the virus reminds us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression”.

Source: ICN

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