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,” said lead author Masashi Soga, Ph.D., of the University of Tokyo.
Masashi Soga et al, Impacts of the COVID‐19 pandemic on human–nature interactions: Pathways, evidence and implications, People and Nature (2021). DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10201
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted peoples’ interactions with nature? (2021, April 7)
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