Humanity faces multiple existential crises including a climate emergency and increasing emergence of deadly pandemics. Each crisis is driven by human encroachment on the natural world.
But a common cause opens the way to common solutions. Many actions needed to prevent the next pandemic at its source – by stopping the spillover of viruses from wildlife into humans - will also help combat the climate emergency.
Protection of tropical forests and biodiversity, and more sustainable agricultural practices, are essential to human and planetary health.
Global leaders, health and environment actors must join forces, for people and planet, and invest in protecting nature.
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H.E. Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US Department of State
Juma Xipaia, Leader of the Xipaya Community, Brazil
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
H.E. Professor Lee White, Minister of Water and Forests, the Sea and Environment, Gabon
Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) US
Nonette Royo, Executive Director, The Tenure Facility
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad
Dr. Ari Bernstein, Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr Nigel Sizer, Executive Director, Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition
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ARTICLE: Coalition comment published in Lancet Planetary Health
Members of the Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition and Pallavi Kache, from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University write in The Lancet Planetary Health about the urgent need for integrated pandemic policies on pathogen spillover.
REPORT SUMMARY: Analysis by the Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source on interventions to prevent pathogen spillover
The Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition has released an executive summary of its forthcoming paper: Interventions to prevent pathogen spillover and curb early disease spread among domestic animals and humans
VIDEO: Message from Jane Goodall
Message from Jane Goodall on the interconnectedness between the health of the planet and human health