The response to the pandemic illustrates five actions we can take to address the global climate change crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has elicited a global response, unlike anything we’ve seen before.
From government and business taking on new roles to respond to the crisis to the complete re-organization of how we work, travel, and socialize, we have witnessed transformational changes that didn’t appear possible just weeks ago. The human costs of the pandemic are horrifying, but the response has largely been characterized by care, compassion, and connection – and an unheard-of pace of change.
What happens over the coming months could go one of two ways.
There is a risk that as the immediate crisis wanes and its economic consequences become clearer, we cast aside longer-term aspirations in pursuit of short-term easy fixes, many of which would have adverse environmental consequences. These include rolling back environmental standards, stimulating the economy by subsidizing fossil-fuel-heavy industries, and focusing on making more things, rather than using them better.