Let scientists guide us in the fight against climate change

(EurActiv, 19 Oct 2020) Scientists have proved vital in the push to control COVID-19. We should also use their knowledge and expertise to tackle climate change, argues Alina Averchenkova.

Alina Averchenkova is Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

This year, as the coronavirus pandemic spread rapidly throughout the world, we were abruptly reminded of the importance of scientific expertise in ensuring the wellbeing of a society and developing informed policy response in the time of crisis.

Citizens needed advice from the health experts – to help keep us safe from the ravages of COVID-19 and give hope for a return to normality. Politicians relied on these scientists and expert committees to guide emergency lockdown measures for cities and countries, and to chart the course to open back up with the least possible economic and human toll.

In times of adversity like these, scientific experts have become our most demanded and trusted voices. This is an important lesson for another larger-scale global crisis the world is facing – the crisis of global climate change.

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EurActiv, 19 Oct 2020: Let scientists guide us in the fight against climate change