This year’s theme for the National Earth Olympiad is ‘Building Forward Better: Toward a Sustainable and Resilient Future’. As the world grapples with the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that the global focus does not shift away from climate change and environmental degradation. IPBES report suggests that further human ecological disruption will make global pandemics more likely. Hence, we will have to restore ecological balance and reduce anthropogenic global environmental change to prevent future pandemics.
NEO 2020 will focus on the concept of ‘One Health’ exploring the linkage among ecological disruption, global climate change and public health for a more sustainable and resilient future in a COVID-19 altered world.