Wuhan Virus and What the world Needs to Learn From It

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This is the pic that has been doing rounds and rounds of run over the internet these days. It’s a couple that is ready to enter the patients’ asylum in China, to treat those suffered by the Coronavirus. And with the outbreak, it’s very likely a possibility that it might not able for them to come out without getting affected by the same. It’s a huge risk. And this risk they have taken upon themselves, being a doctor, and more importantly, being a good human.

The rest of the world must not make this mistake of taking this outbreak lightly. So much has been happening lately, from Australian bushfires to the fires of Attica, Nigeria floods, Indian heatwaves, floods in Japan, and now this in China. Somewhere it all comes down to the effect the environment is having due to various human activities. From Greta Thunberg to Joaquin Phoenix during his Oscars speech, with Leonardo Di Caprio holding a vegetarian meal at the after-party, and raising his concerns for the environment as well. People are beginning to recognize that the global effect of disasters and viruses is somewhere related to the way we are living. And it needs a change in big time. The animal killed in the recent bushfires were in millions, and the number of animals served on our plates every day is also in millions.

And the scientific studies are there to prove the effect of just eating habits upon the catastrophes that we are facing. Recently a research was conducted at the Oxford University, and the lead author Joseph Poore came up with this:

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use.

“It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he explained, which would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Avoiding consumption of animal products delivers far better environmental benefits than trying to purchase sustainable meat and dairy,” he added.

These viruses come from animals. And when someone eats something without thinking anything about it, just about everything, then the chances of outbreaks of such diseases are likely to be much bigger.

And people from all over the world are working in the same direction. Certain news these days were in the same direction:

A rough estimate suggests that across the big U.K. supermarket chains, meat-free offerings of traditional Christmas fare are up by between 40% and 400% this year. This underlines how veganism has moved from niche to mainstream throughout 2019 as more consumers cut out animal products altogether, or reduce their meat intake with a “flexitarian” diet.

In another story,

Harvard plans to focus on promoting plant-based food as part of a commitment to reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030.

The university has signed the Cool Food Pledge, created by World Resources Institute (WRI) and UN Environment, to add to its promise to make Harvard fossil fuel neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel-free by 2050.

This planet is on the brink on something big, and in a negative way, which is indicated to us by nature in many ways, through many instances of what happens if you do not stop tinkering with its natural way of working. It has a certain system in which the forests, ecosystems, life cycles work. It takes care of when to make a certain species extinct, and when to preserves a certain kind. When human beings, considering themselves to be the masters, start taking things in their own hands, then the planet starts to get chaotic, with the outbreaks of such viruses. Wuhan should become a lesson to move forward. What needs to be done in terms of the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the houses we make, the children we give birth to, everything must be on the table for discussion. And the world leaders should take note of it big time.


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