Dear Friends of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center,
I hope you are keeping safe in this unprecedented time. As we all continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic, I wanted to continue sharing some perspectives from my colleagues and I related to the pandemic crisis, as well as keep you updated on our work to secure a healthy future for wildlife and wild places, and thus for all of us.
Our current global predicament is in fact a crystal clear reminder that the extraordinarily complex challenges the human species will continue to face will not be solved by our continuing to act as if our destiny is separate from that of the natural world, or as if we are separate from each other. From global climate change to biodiversity loss; from air, water and soil pollution to depletion of freshwater resources; from authoritarianism to social injustice to the loss of a shared sense of truth — these crises all require a coming together of the global citizenry and leaders who genuinely represent them if we are to have any chance of securing a more sustainable and peaceful future for ourselves and for generations to come. One could fairly conclude that COVID-19 is trying to remind us, almost taunt us, that we are stronger when we are unified, and flounder when we don’t maximize transparency, honesty, equity, and international collaboration — and show genuine respect for each other, the rest of life on Earth, and the world's wonderfully diverse ecosystems that actually underpin our very survival as a species.
Thank you again for your interest and support, and I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times.
Steve Osofsky, DVM
Director, Cornell Wildlife Health Center
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Health & Health Policy
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine