As coronavirus infects more and more people globally, the question becomes why now? Why has the pandemic began now? Could it be that increasing levels of climate change and continued destruction of the environment are to blame?
Yes, destruction of the environment caused the coronavirus pandemic
If it weren't for the things humankind is doing to devastate the environment, the coronavirus outbreak wouldn't have happened.
Eating meat, something that is extremely negative for the environment, caused the coronavirus outbreak.
No, destruction of the environment did not cause the coronavirus pandemic
While COVID-19 is devastating, it is not caused by environmental destruction.
The Plague and Spanish influenza, two incredibly devastating diseases for the human population, are just a small fraction of pandemics that have swept the globe throughout all of human history. Most of the major world pandemics have occurred before the Industrial Revolution and the invention of automobiles, so there is no feasible correlation between human impact on the environment and prevalence of pandemics.