The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has exposed the damage ecological degradation will wreak in the future – not just future virulent pandemics (WEF 2019), but droughts (Pearce, 2018), water & food insecurity (FAO, 2019) and the increasing desertification of once fertile soil (CSE, 2017). What once used to be a once in a lifetime disaster is looking to soon become a once-a-year event.
We are also facing, at this time, the temptation to return to business as usual by pumping investments into the carbon economy and removing environmental protections in the name of economic growth. The overconsumption and runaway exploitation of our natural resources have spurred the global collapse we face today. But rethinking how we use natural capital, can help us kickstart a revolution to the economy back in ecology – the Naturenomics™ vision.
The COVID crisis offers an unprecedented opportunity to rewrite the rulebook on growth, human development and quality of life. We need a new paradigm for resilient and sustainable relationships between people and nature – for our future.