COVID-19 pandemic provides rare opportunity to learn about human-nature interactions

COVID-19 pandemic provides rare opportunity to learn about human-nature interactions

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Apr 7 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global response to it have changed many of the interactions that humans have with nature, in both positive and negative ways. A perspective article published in People and Nature considers these changes, discusses the potential long-term consequences, and provides recommendations for further research.

The authors of the article note that the pandemic constitutes a 'global natural experiment' in human-nature interactions that, without seeking to downplay or ignore its tragic consequences, provides a rare opportunity to produce in-depth knowledge about these interactions and to help establish actions that can have positive effects for both humans and nature.

Although undeniably tragic, the COVID-19 pandemic may offer an invaluable opportunity to explore an appropriate future relationship between people and nature."

Masashi Soga, PhD, Study Lead Author, University of Tokyo

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