‘We have upset the balance of nature’, Thai environment minister warns amid green recovery efforts from pandemic

Thailand’s Environment Minister has warned that urgent action is needed to rebalance humans’ relationship with nature, or mankind may not live into the next century.

In an address to diplomats, politicians and journalists on Friday (Aug 7), Mr Varawut Silpa-archa compared the challenges of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to World War III, against an enemy “we cannot see with our own eyes”.

The event in Bangkok, hosted by the Dutch embassy, was held to promote discussion about the ways Thailand is approaching a green and sustainable recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is like Mother Nature is knocking on our door. We have been messing with her home, for decades, for generations. We have upset the balance of nature,” the minister said.

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