Reflections on the connection between public health and nature

Adopting Eva, a long-eared owl through the wildlife organisation ANIMA, gave us an opportunity to reflect on the impact human activity have on wildlife and nature.

We were reminded of the interconnectedness of humans and nature as well as the responsibility we all hold towards it. We would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of United Nations’ Sustainable Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

According to the UN “a shift in humanity’s relationship with nature is essential”. The need to collectively acknowledge that our well-being depends on the protection of the environment, is greater than ever. The health of the planet is inextricably linked to human health. Healthy ecosystems where biodiversity is preserved and protected are the basis for food security and nutrition and when ecosystems are disturbed, the risk of the emergence of infectious diseases becomes higher.