Message from the President of SAM 22 April 2020
It is Earth Day on April 22. It is a day to remember Mother Earth and how we treat her. This time, Earth Day is happening during the time of COVID-19, when the world economy has been put on brakes, with lockdowns in place to counter the devastating health impacts of the pandemic.
It is also a time when greenhouse gas emissions and pollution levels have come down world over, which have not been possible before. As a recent editorial in the Guardian (U.K, March 14) revealed, “the brakes placed on economic activities of many kinds, worldwide have led to carbon emission cuts that would previously have been unthinkable: 18% in China between February and March; between 40% and 60% over recent weeks in Europe”.
We have also seen media reports and videos of clearer and cleaner skies, seas, rivers and waterways, and urban spaces seeing the return of animals and birds as traffic and noise have gone away.Read more
Letter to the Editor 15 April 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is of the view that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that if we relentlessly destroy, degrade and encroach on nature and ecosystems, public health will be gravely endangered in ways that we have not imagined before.
Indeed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) noted last week that 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, i.e. coming from animals, whether from the wild or from those which are domesticated.
As we have learnt, the Covid-19 pandemic is believed to have been unleashed due to the trade in wildlife for human consumption, with the coronavirus spreading from wild animals to humans.
The consequences have been catastrophic world over, with a recent UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) study pointing out that a US$ 2.5 trillion support package is needed for developing countries facing unprecedented economic damage from the pandemic.Read more