Covid-19: a dress rehearsal for the climate emergency?

(Eco Business, 17 Mar 2020) Are there lessons to be found in humanity’s response to Covid-19 that can help us fight climate change? The current upheaval could push us to fix our financial system, alter our behaviour and make us more resilient, writes Sally Uren.

It’s only three months into 2020.  And already we’re seeing the prediction that this will be an exponential decade proving to be a pretty low-risk bet. Australia has been on fire, Delhi has seen deadly toxic air, parts of the UK are still under water, and of course, the latest crisis to hit the world’s population is the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, or Covid-19.

Since it was first detected in December 2019, the virus has spread rapidly, having been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020, and is now characterised as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

The question many of us are asking ourselves is, how do we deal with the new public health crisis while also trying to respond to our climate emergency, as well as the bubbling crises of biodiversity loss and inequality?

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Eco Business, 17 Mar 2020: Covid-19: a dress rehearsal for the climate emergency?