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Covid 19, a Result of Deforestation?

Several leading scientists and epidemiologists have questioned the origin of this novel coronavirus. Out of the four emerging theories about its origin, one which seems highly probable is the spillover theory. Due to unsustainable development, there has been a rampant chopping down of forests which forces the wildlife to come in direct contact with the humans. According to an IBPES report, there are more than 1.7 million animal viruses that are not known to human beings and are potential causes of diseases among human beings. The governments and the mainstream media worldwide refuse to draw our attention towards this. There is a great need for an alternative, sustainable model of development through which the human-wildlife conflict can be minimized.

A ChalChitra Abhiyaan report.

Crew: Shatakshi Singh, Sumit Soni, Anuj Bhatt, Shiksha Jural

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