The Pangolin is not only suspected to be the animal in which COVID-19 leapt into humans. Poached for use in traditional medicine for treating ailments such as anxiety, hysteria & fever. It’s scales are also thought to bring good luck. It volvates, like a woodlouse, when threatened and curls it’s young pangopup into it’s own personal isolation. Oh the irony! Although protected by legislation since the 70’s, it is still the most trafficked mammal in the world. Eight of the species are critically endangered.
The parallels between the treatment of animals like the pangolin and our environment are clear. Although the will to protect the world around us is at an all time high and legislation is in place, it will take the implementation of a demand reduction strategy to save it and ultimately save ourselves.
During our own enforced isolation this spring, life has been slowed, freedom to move in our locality has been limited, but with it has come a raised awareness and appreciation of the natural world around us.
We have also seen positive affects on our climate, with dramatic reduction of carbon emissions. What will happen as the world un-curls …?
“Everything in our planet is interconnected – and we are a part of the equation, …we must transform our relationship with nature.” WWF
Michelle became part of the Same Sky team in 2012.