THE COVID19 PANDEMIC
A medical, economic and social crisis on a global scale that most people did not consider possible . But it is also the result of a profound ecological crisis that we have been in for decades. Because if we destroy habitats and thus decimate biodiversity, we endanger ourselves. Not only indirectly and in the long term, by losing potential medicinal remedies through the destruction of rainforests or by making the whole country uninhabitable by heating the earth, but also very specifically and immediately.
COVID19 is certainly no accident. It was only a matter of time before other dangerous viruses passed from wild animals to humans. Many years ago, virologists warned that coronaviruses are transmitted from bats to humans and can cause pandemics. So-called “zoonoses” are infectious diseases that can be transmitted naturally from vertebrates to humans and vice versa. The outbreaks of human infectious diseases are increasing.
"The problem is not the wild animals, but our close contact with the animals, which makes it possible for diseases to spread from animals to humans," said WWF species protection expert Arnulf Köhncke. The corona pandemic is a consequence of human actions, a consequence of our destruction of nature and our exploitative handling of the living beings of this planet.
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At least 7,000 game species worldwide are affected by poaching and illegal trade
Worldwide, 30 football fields of rainforest are disappearing every minute.
Man has already destroyed almost half of the forest area that once existed on earth
60% of all infectious diseases are zoonoses and 72% of them come from wild animals.
From a western point of view, it seems easy to point at countries that do not want to or cannot stop poaching and illegal trade in species. But we in Germany also participate in the destruction of habitats by consuming too much meat, having to be cut down for the rainforest, or by mining fossil fuels and destroying huge areas. If we continue like this, the next epidemic is only a matter of time, says Inger Andersen, director of the UN environmental program. We should also be aware that the costs and consequences of a pandemic as we are now experiencing far exceed the costs of preventing and preventing it. Intact ecosystems and healthy wildlife would protect us.
As long as this natural protection is not available, mankind needs protective equipment to reduce the risk of transmission.
In the event of a worldwide epidemic (= pandemic), an unimaginable amount of protective equipment is required, including also protective masks. During production, it is important and crucial that sustainable reusable masks can be produced locally in Germany. We set ourselves this task in record time.
COVID19 has shown how dependent the world is on China. Large quantities of disposable masks of various quality have been imported and prices have exploded. Hardly any country has its own functioning infrastructure to date to be able to produce the masks for its own country itself. The oceans and the environment are already being heavily polluted by the mass delivery of disposable masks.
With the new, reusable TPE Protect mask , there is finally a sustainable and high-quality solution "made in Germany". Only the small filter pads have to be changed with our concept. In the long term, developments with partners are aimed at making the filter pad even biodegradable.
At this point, we would like to thank the WWF , which is strongly committed to the protection of species and is thus specifically addressing the root of the problem. We ask for WWF support to preserve biodiversity - for animals, humanity, future generations and our planet!
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© Cat Holloway/WWF, © Richard Barrett/WWF-UK