Cross-Species Maladies Name some cross- species maladies that threat human beings today.
The maladies could be… SARS AIDS Ebola virus Bird Flu Nipah virus
But… why is human process related with maladies?
* Nipah Virus ( 立百病毒 ) * Discovered in 1999. * Named after the location where it was first detected in Malaysia. * Caused disease in animals and humans. * 50 percent of infected cases died. Let’s take Nipah virus outbreak in Malaysia for an easy example.
Pigs got infected first. Transmit the virus to mankind.
How did this chain take place? Men cut over the forest where the fruit bats used to stay and live.
Men took the land and built the barns for pigs.
On the rafters of the barns then lived the fruit bats, whose forest had been destroyed. And the bats left their wastes in pigs’ drinking water and food.
Pigs then got infected by the Nipah Virus and transmitted it to human.
If… Men had not cut over the forest and taken away the fruit bats’ inhabitant land, or more sharply, men had not invaded nature, the Nipah virus would never have been emerged.
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Better Solutions to Nature and Human Progress A Letter from Chief Seattle
After learning certain aspects about how human progress has done harm to the nature, what possible solutions can we have to this urgent problem?
Think about this first… War between Nature and Human Progress? Or Peace and Respect?
The Possible Solutions Might be… Be a Vegetarian Strengthen Our Environmental Protection Actions And… Respect Nature Cherish What We Have in Nature What’s your opinions?
Before the end of this unit, read a letter from Chief Seattle, an American Indian chief who wrote the letter when his land was about to be taken by the white men who were blinded by greed in “developing” the nature.
How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. … Every part of this earth is sacred to my people.... www.suquamish. nsn.us/ seattle.html
We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.
If we sell you our land… You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land…
…the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. …
This we know: the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. All things are connected. We may be brothers after all. We shall see. One thing we know which the white man may one day discover: our God is the same God.
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