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Ghaiath Hussein UNESCO video message

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Among other prominent bioethics experts in the Arab region, I had the privilege of being invited by the UNESCO's regional office to contribute a short message. My focus was on the environmental ethical aspects.


This is the excerpt of my message:
"Ethics of the Environment and Global Health

SAWRA. The current pandemic has changed our lives. We survived some form of restrictive measures. When the choice was between life and the economy; the sensible global action was to save lives. We have learned that we are part of an ecosystem. If we invade the animals’ habitats, they will come closer to us. Transmission of viruses becomes more likely, more virulent and harder to control. We might have considered climate change as a far indirect threat. If we deal with it the way we managed the pandemic at the start by delaying and downplaying; the cost is much higher. As for what we did to save our lives now, we can do the same to save them in the future. Global cooperation is mandatory to fa…