Lauren E. Oakes is a Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Earth System Science, and the author of "In Search of the Canary Tree." Sarah H. Olson is the Associate Director of epidemiology for the Wildlife Conservation Society Health Program. James Watson is the Director of the Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society and a professor of conservation science at the University of Queensland. The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own. View more opinion at CNN.
(CNN)The Earth and its inhabitants face three global crises: the pandemic crisis, the climate crisis and biodiversity crisis. Unto themselves, each already feels overwhelming -- in terms of public-health consequences, the speed and scale of impacts, and the transformative actions needed to keep the planet habitable.