Armando Fernández Soriano

Armando Fernández Soriano

Historiador, sociólogo y ecologista cubano, es Master en Estudios Sociales del Caribe por FLACSO. Ha trabajado diversos problemas de las sociedades caribeñas, fundamentalmente relacionados con los procesos migratorios y la interacción sociedad y medio ambiente en el área del Gran Caribe. Ha sido director de ILÉ , Anuario de Ecología, Cutura y Sociedad. Coordina el “Foro de Ecología Política de América Latina y el Caribe”. Es asesor de la Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre. Artículos suyos han aparecido en revistas especializadas de América Latina y el Caribe, Europa y Estados Unidos. Ha publicado entre otros, Comarcas Vulnerables: riesgos y vulnerabilidad en el Gran Caribe. Ed. CRIES, Buenos Aires 2005.

Malaysia is one of the countries with the highest biodiversity in the world. Photo: Noticias ONU

The pandemic, the environment and Cuba

Help us keep OnCuba alive here Perhaps it is difficult to find a moment in the history of humanity in which, in such a short time, such an enormous volume of information (and disinformation) has been generated about a problem that affects the entire human species, as what has happened with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nor has humanity faced such an uncertain near future. In addition to the global health emergency, which has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and more than 2 million infected people worldwide, this pandemic has put on the political table the unsustainability of the capitalist system worldwide, the paradigm of unlimited growth and the culture of growing consumer. Suddenly, the reality that we live on a limited planet, with increasingly scarce resources, and that in the biosphere all existence is interconnected, has unquestionably emerged. The zoonotic nature of the COVID-19 itself tells us of the direct transmission of the virus to humans, most likely due to the contact or consumption of wild species and even due to the natural boundaries being displaced and the loss of biodiversity. The fact that it expands globally also alerts us to the profound environmental changes caused by human action...