The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to an unprecedented health emergency, revealing that we owe our survival to the planet Earth. Empathy and care for its rich biodiversity and natural habitat, and stopping humanity’s invasion into nature for our vicious greed would ensure a balanced ecosystem. While our immediate priority is to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must also treat it as a wake-up call – it is high time that we started addressing the risks and adverse outcomes of human excesses on nature.
In the current era of the Anthropocene, human impacts have exceeded the capacity of the Earth by transgressing the planetary boundaries. The already huge dependencies of the global economy on biodiversity are becoming increasingly unsustainable.
With the above background, the Center for Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (CECCSD) at IMPRI, along with India Water Portal, and Department of Energy and Environment, TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS), Delhi, has launched a discussion series called #PlanetTalks to engage with experts on environment, who would share their insights on the challenges and way forward in moving towards a sustainable planet. It would explore the role of India and other countries of the world including multilateral institutions, as well as the common population in shouldering the onus towards creating harmony between nature and humanity.