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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22, to demonstrate support for environmental protection and represents a day of action to shift human behaviour and provoke policy changes. The very first celebration took place in 1970, and by now it grew to a staggering global event with celebrations in more than 193 countries involving over a billion people.
Given the urgency of the shared challenge we are facing on Earth, the main objective of this webinar would be to present the link between environmental issues and the current health crisis (COVID-19). The emphasis would be on two main drivers: i) rapid urbanization and ii) loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as the consequences: hotspots of zoonotic diseases. The conversation will address how population density, population size, and airline connections explain the rapid spread of COVID-19, and will also touch on the ways the global response is providing evidence that coordinated environmental interventions (such as climate or pollution mitigation efforts) can be effective. Moving forward with the reality of a world in which COVID-19 plays a central role, we will focus on cities and how mapping vulnerable populations can be instrumental for decision making.
- Peter Daszak, EcoHealth Alliance
- Timon McPhearson, Co-chair, Urban Knowledge-Action Network Steering Committee
- Tolu Oni, Advisory Committe
- Josh Tewksbury, Global Hub Director, USA: Executive Team
- Mariela Antonakopoulou, Science Officer
- Giles Bruno Sioen, Science Officer