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Voice of America 16 May 2020

Will the Pandemic Guide the World to a More Sustainable Future?


People leave their homes less, so there's less litter and less carbon emissions but are these habits here to stay? #carbonenvironmentimpact

The UN calls on countries to do more to protect people's mental health during the pandemic.

With so much focus on the global population's physical health, It's easy to forget about our mental well being.
But in a new report the United Nations is warning the pandemic is taking a toll on mental health as well, with a spike in depression and anxiety.
Africa's wildlife is one of the continent's biggest attractions.
Game reserves and national parks welcome millions of visitors every year, who want to experience wild animals up close.
They rely on that revenue to pay for conservation projects.
But now, revenue flow has stopped entirely because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
And many rangers who protect the animals from poachers have lost their incomes.
Conservationists are worried the economic toll could push more people into the illegal wildlife trade.
Will decades of work to protect animals be lost?

Presenter: Nick Clark

Daniel Sopia - Chief Executive Officer of Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

Craig Millar - Head of Security of Big Life Foundation who leads anti-poaching operations and manages 300 rangers across East Africa

Kaddu Sebunya - Chief Executive Officer of the African Wildlife Foundation
The Trump administration has praised its response to the pandemic despite the continued spread of the novel coronavirus.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
But the UN's work agency warns the global outlook could be much worse, as current figures exclude workers in the so-called 'informal economy'.
That includes migrant and shift labourers in the developing world - to freelance and service industry staff taking unprotected jobs in wealthier economies.
The International Labour Organization says 1.6 billion of them could suffer 'massive damage' to their livelihoods.
This means half of the global workforce are not sure if their jobs will re-appear once the crisis is over.
So, will the job market recover?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan

Song Seng Wun, director at CIMB Private Banking
Michelle leighton, director of ILO Migration Branch
Bruno Verstraete, chief economist at Lakefieldpartners

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