How protecting forests can safeguard us from future pandemics

Seeing the Forest for the Trees by Andrea Koehle Jones. (EcoParent Magazine, Spring 2021)

Pandemics and Deforestation: Scientists warn the next deadly pandemic could be looming if we don’t take steps now to protect forests. Environmental journalist Andrea Koehle Jones investigates the connection between accelerating deforestation, biodiversity loss and pandemics.

Pandemics like COVID-19 will happen more often if we don’t protect our natural ecosystems. Everyone can be part of the solution. Check out these five fun ways families can help protect forests. READ MORE

“It’s no secret that a walk in the woods makes everyone feel better. When we introduce kids to the wonders and biodiversity of forests, they will be more likely to protect them for future generations, and right now, protecting forests around the world may be vital in preventing future pandemics.” – Andrea Koehle Jones, Children’s environmental education advocate and founder of The ChariTree Foundation.

The March 30, 2021 World Health Organization report about the origins of COVID-19 shows a clear connection between loss of biodiversity and zoonotic factors. Since pandemics cross borders, multilateral efforts to protect nature will be key to preventing future pandemics.

Andrea Koehle Jones is a children’s environmental education advocate and the founder of The ChariTree Foundation. This little Canadian charity is dedicated to supporting accessible nature-based environmental education opportunities for children and youth across Canada and around the world.