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Pandemic risks and the destruction of nature

EDM (Early Day Motion) 433: tabled on 04 May 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 21 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the warnings of increased risk of pandemics from the destruction of nature, in particularly by four world-leading scientists from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as published on 27 April 2020; further notes their diagnosis that rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of intensive farming, mining, infrastructure and global air travel, and exploitation of wild species have created a perfect storm for the spillover of diseases from wildlife to people; accepts the conclusion that recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity – particularly global financial and economic systems based on a limited paradigm of economic growth; supports the scientists’ proposals for government action to reduce the risks of future outbreaks and pandemics; therefore urges Ministers to follow the science by adopting the recommendations to strengthen environmental regulations, urgently and fundamentally transform industries including aviation and intensive agriculture, and properly fund health systems on the frontlines of pandemic risk; and calls on the Government adopt a One Health approach at all levels of decision-making, recognising the complex interconnections between the health of people, animals, plants and our shared environment; and further calls on the Government to embark on a fundamental system-wide reorganisation to end business as usual and emerge from the crisis stronger and more resilient by protecting the natural world of which humans are a part.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.