“I hope we emerge from this pandemic . . .
with a new respect for nature, the natural world, and animals.”
Dame Jane Goodall
THE LOCKDOWNS around the world kept us in our homes, at a distance from one another, and yet, paradoxically, somehow the distance brought the rest of nature closer. The pandemic has magnified our relationship to the living world.
Nobody knows the origins of the pandemic, but we do know that there has been an increase in emerging infectious diseases over the past century, and that the risks are increasing through human actions, especially deforestation and the ways we treat other animals.
To prevent further pandemics, we don’t just need to examine these kinds of causes. We need to understand that our actions are enabled by the value frameworks that justify what we do to other species, and to the environment.
It was a challenge making a film entirely across zoom during a pandemic, but the film aims to capture that reality as it was happening, and use it as part of the storytelling.
- Read an excerpt from Melanie Challenger’s new book, How to Be Animal.
- Read an Orion interview with David Quammen at the start of the pandemic.
- Enjoy this conversation between Jane Goodall and On Being’s Krista Tippett.