Positioning gender expertise within the combined crises of care, environment and development is to push the agenda of another kind of epistemology that sets itself apart from surveillance and the management of nature and diseases. Reports and studies are now starting to emerge that highlight the effects of biodiversity loss, deforestation, extractive activities such as mining and massive road building, sale of live wild animals that can all inevitably spin off to create new viruses. Through our reflexivity, we also draw our attention to ways of building on the small margins of change, as radical efforts are not contingent on scale but depend on the depth of our engagement. Under-valuing care has then become the most glaring truth about the coronavirus pandemic. Vigilance and reflexivity help resist hegemonising rationalities that de-politicise and technocratise the work of advancing gender equality in technical environments.