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Block2 : Movement : Why Everything Seems to be on the Run

Talk: Zoönose: How Deadly Viruses Jump From Animals To Humans
Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam, Vrijdag 4 september 2020
14:35-15:20 h
David Quammen (in-person appearance)
Talk: The Next Great Migration
Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam, Vrijdag 4 september 2020
15:20-16:25 h
Sonia Shah via Skype (livestream connection)
Livestream Q&A
Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam, Vrijdag 4 september 2020
16:25-16:45 h
Sonia Shah via Skpe (livestream connection) & David Quammen (pending on condition)

David Quammen

David Quammen is author of numerous books on nature and wildlife. His book: The Song of The Dodo brought him wide acclaim. David Quammen made in his book Zoonose clear how viruses live and that they are always wanting to move from one animalspecie to another, in particular via Bats.
How viruses migrate in our world of globalisation we still hardly know and were they hide over longer times to make a comeback is open as well. Listen to David Quammen to understand how wildlife viruses will be a long time with us in this 21 century without us even knowing them and what we can learn to cope with new viruses still to come.

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Sonia Shah

Why everything is on the move : The beauty and terror of Life on the move

The next great migration

The news today is full of stories of dislocated people on the move. Wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands, creeping, swimming, and flying in a mass exodus from their past habitats. News media presents this scrambling of the planet's migration patterns as unprecedented, provoking fears of the spread of disease and conflict and waves of anxiety across the Western world. On both sides of the Atlantic, experts issue alarmed predictions of millions of invading aliens, unstoppable as an advancing tsunami, and countries respond by electing anti-immigration leaders who slam closed borders that were historically porous.

But the science and history of migration in animals, plants, and humans tell a different story. Far from being a disruptive behavior to be quelled at any cost, migration is an ancient and lifesaving response to environmental change, a biological imperative as necessary as breathing. Climate changes triggered the first human migrations out of Africa. Falling sea levels allowed our passage across the Bering Sea. Unhampered by barbed wire, migration allowed our ancestors to people the planet, catapulting us into the highest reaches of the Himalayan mountains and the most remote islands of the Pacific, creating and disseminating the biological, cultural, and social diversity that ecosystems and societies depend upon. In other words, migration is not the crisis--it is the solution.

Conclusively tracking the history of misinformation from the 18th century through today's anti-immigration policies, The Next Great Migration makes the case for a future in which migration is not a source of fear, but of hope.