Climate change and global warming are beyond scientific debate now. Even if climate change is a natural process, it is clear that human activities are accelerating and worsening the existing problem.

Scientists have been warning that rising temperatures could disturb biomes and eco systems with migration of microorganisms and insects to new regions, where climate change is creating a new suitable habitat for viruses, bacteria, fungi, pests and their carriers. Scientifically, I believe this is expected to trigger mutations and genetic changes in these microorganisms with more resistant pathogens.

Moreover, humans, animals and plants will need long time before developing natural defence mechanisms, especially to the naturally selected, more virulent microorganisms.

Unfortunately, even with increased awareness and interest in climate change, this issue is still underestimated, especially in developing countries.

This could have been understood before the coronavirus outbreak, as the limited economic resources and political effort are needed in other fields like security, terrorism fighting, education and primary health. However, the coronavirus outbreak encompasses devastating economic and social problems, proving the need for preventive measures before another outbreak with more virulent and resistant microorganisms occur.

Though the coronavirus outbreak is a global challenge, it can be an opportunity to emphasise the need for serious measures to face future consequences of climate change.

This pandemic is a global threat which can bring the world together and remind us to support and work together regardless of the borders, believes, race, colour, gender, wealth or political and military strength. It shows how a small area can make all humans at risk.