The new semester has begun for most Human-Animal Studies educators, amidst a deepening global pandemic we all thought was on the wane. Tensions are high as academic institutions struggle with economic realities while trying to come up with plans keep faculty and students safe. For many, these or similar pandemic-related concerns overlay an ongoing thrum of angst related to the environmental destruction we are witnessing and living.
The daily barrage of information regarding the risks and potential outcomes of climate change and biodiversity loss are overwhelming and terrifying. There are, however, actions we can take—both the collectively and individually—that are both personally empowering and do make a difference. This month’s Animals & COVID section of ASI’s Human-Animal Studies Report explores the connections between the pandemic, the climate emergency, and biodiversity loss; addresses the very real despair many are feeling in the face of this ecological crisis; and offers some meaningful actions we can take. Read more here.
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