Vol. 4 No. 1 Suppl. 1 (2020) - Open Stream on Covid-19 Emergency
Covid-19 Emergency Open Stream Contribution

A Providential Last Warning

Vincenzo Balzani
University of Bologna, Italy

Published 2020-04-15


  • Covid-19,
  • Ecology,
  • Social Crisis,
  • Health,
  • Emergency

How to Cite

Balzani, V. (2020). A Providential Last Warning. Substantia, 4(1), 907. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-907


In the past few months a dangerous and highly contagious virus, Covid-19, has been circulating on the spaceship Earth. Waiting to fight it with a vaccine, we defend ourselves with the obnoxious weapon of social distancing. According to scientists, the virus passed from wild animals to humans because of one or more of the following mistakes in our relationship with Nature: exaggerated use of resources, environmental degradation, climate change, increasing consumption of animal products, exaggerated anthropization of the soil, loss of biodiversity and the search for wild food by the poorest populations. Viruses are somehow "refugees" of the environmental destruction caused by our aggressiveness. They were fine in the forests and in the bodies of some animals, we gave them the opportunity to multiply.