With the upcoming period of restrictions due to COVID 19 being locked in a big city, bored by the same view from the window can add more stress to people.
That is why many remote workers are turning to see small towns like Tulum to move for extended periods. Specially designed visas are being issued for newly minted digital nomads.
Having direct contact with natural environments with low environmental impact creates positive relationships with the environment, reduces stress and improves the capacity of the immune system.
The COVID-19 pandemic forcefully reminds us of our unstructured relationship with nature. Studies reveal that deforestation and the loss of fauna and flora causes an increase in infectious diseases.
Half of the world’s GDP is largely or moderately dependent on nature. For every dollar spent on nature restoration, you can expect at least $ 9 in economic benefits
Many people wonder when everything will return to normal after the COVID-19 crisis. What we should ask ourselves is: can we take this opportunity to learn from our mistakes and build something better?
Focusing on nature can help us understand where pandemics come from and how the socio economic consequences of the crisis can be mitigated.
The COVID-19 pandemic unfolding before us is having undeniable human and economic consequences. To date, the virus has caused many deaths around the world, millions of lost jobs and the plummeting of stock markets.
This pandemic is also a powerful reminder of our unstructured relationship with nature. The current economic system has put great pressure on the natural environment, and the unfolding pandemic has highlighted the ripple effect that is unleashed when one element of this interconnected system is destabilized.
Intact nature serves as a buffer between humans and disease, and emerging diseases often stem from encroachment on natural ecosystems and changes in human activity.
We have lost 60% of all fauna and flora in the last 50 years, while the number of new infectious diseases has quadrupled in the last 60 years. It is no coincidence that the destruction of ecosystems has coincided with a sharp increase in these diseases.
In an interconnected and ever-changing world with air travel, wildlife commercialization and a changing climate, the potential for serious new outbreaks remains considerable. This is why pandemics are often a hidden side effect of economic development and inequalities that can no longer be ignored. In other words, just as carbon is not the cause of climate change, it is human activity – not nature – that causes many pandemics.
Natural habitats are shrinking, causing species to live in spaces closer than ever to each other and with humans. As our lives evolve, we must take into account the impact that we generate with our activities and work to reduce it more and more. This is our opportunity to live in spaces for progress that are balanced.
This coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the inherent vulnerability of our socioeconomic system to shocks. As companies assess the way out of this crisis and governments design stimulus packages to rebuild the economy, these measures must be carefully determined. Decisions made regarding stimulating growth and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will determine the health, well-being and stability of people and the planet in the future.
As the World Economic Forum’s Rising Risk of Nature Report highlighted, more than half of the world’s GDP is largely or moderately dependent on nature. Nature offers companies and governments enormous possibilities. For every dollar spent on nature restoration, you can expect at least $ 9 in economic benefits. Additionally, a recent report from the Food and Land Use Coalition found that changing the way we grow and produce food could generate $ 4.5 trillion a year in new business opportunities by 2030, while saving us trillions of dollars in social and environmental damages. Therefore, respect for the way nature works is good for business and for future generations.
By addressing the potential economic consequences, governments and businesses could seize this opportunity to adjust economic models to the limits of our planet by addressing some of the most unsustainable realities of globalization that this crisis has revealed. For example, ensuring significant biodiversity in our calorie mix and prioritizing sustainable local products could greatly increase levels of resilience. Similarly, a transition to renewable energy that took advantage of
the wind and solar assets that exist in the area could reduce the carbon footprint of industrial activities.
Although it is a devastating example, this crisis has illustrated the potential of political will and collective action, as well as the speed with which nature can heal if we let it. We must build on this momentum to develop systems that better avoid or absorb any inevitable future shocks.
We are at a critical juncture in planning to overcome this global health crisis and in managing economic crises. However, the future scenario has not yet been determined. We cannot go back to the same situation as before.
Designing positive stimulus packages for nature could be the key to preventing future outbreaks, as well as ensuring the long-term sustainability of livelihoods and business activities. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the shift towards valuing and investing in natural capital would be the rural economy as a guarantee of the future supply of sustainable food and commodities.
These efforts will require strong leadership from government, business and grassroots civil society actors and cooperation at levels never seen before in this pandemic, as well as comprehensive and targeted financial interventions. This calls for swift and effective action, not just for the economy, but also for the planet’s long-term ability to support healthy and productive human populations.
When investing in a property you must take into account not only the economic performance and the capital gain but, today more than ever, measure the impact that it will generate over time and how that benefits you in various important aspects of life. Investing in mega multi condo developments is no longer a viable option for building healthy wealth.
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