In the midst of a world pandemic, the world has seemed to forget about the greatest pandemic the world has ever seen, climate change.
The virus is indeed a crisis that must be dealt with immediately and it is dreadful that society has to go through something like this. However, if the climate crisis agenda slows or comes to a halt, we will be facing something much more catastrophic.
The virus pandemic can work to in our favour, we must use this as a wake up call in a sense to do things better for our future. We should stop looking at short-term profit and look towards longevity.
This coronavirus is the biggest challenge since WW2, but when climate change begins to show its true colours, the world will come to a standstill once again.
Many things contribute to the growing climate crisis; biodiversity is in deep decline, climate disruption is approaching a point of no return, megafaunas decreasing, chemical imbalances in the ocean and much more.
This economic crash is an opportunity to start again, start fresh and start green. Taxpayers’ money could be used to achieve green jobs and sustainable growth, rather back into the detrimental system we are accustomed to.
The world needs to work together and climate risks will need to be factored in the financial system. We must place it at the heart of all public policies.
The links between climate change and the coronavirus have also been highlighted by many observers and experts in the field.
“While the pandemic will lead to a temporary dip in global greenhouse gas emissions, this must not distract from the urgent need for rapid fundamental changes in infrastructure, energy, land use and industrial systems to set us on a path to net zero emissions globally by 2050 at the latest,” said Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, many researchers are keen to highlight how the threats to the planet have increased over the 50 year period.
Perhaps Earth Day, should be everyday. Why is it deemed a chore to look after the only home we truly have? We cannot go back to normal after this. As a race, we can create a new normal in caring for the planet.
The virus has stemmed from a grey planet and the chances of a virus coming from a green one would be slim.
Run down and degraded environments make us more likely to encounter viruses such as this one and to be more vulnerable when they begin their circulation.
What would would you like to see after?
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