Time to tackle two crises at once, activist Thunberg says on Earth Day

(Reuters, 22 Apr 2020) Swedish teen activist joins calls for combined effort to tackle coronavirus and climate crisis, saying 50th anniversary of Earth Day was time to choose a "new way forward".

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg joined calls for a combined effort to tackle coronavirus and the climate crisis, saying the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday was the time to choose a "new way forward".

Dramatic improvements in air and water quality as coronavirus lockdowns have cut pollution have prompted calls for a low-carbon future, but the need to get millions back to work is clouding the picture for the future.

Thunberg, taking part in a streamed event to mark Earth Day, said the extraordinary measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus did not mean the climate crisis had gone away.

"We need to tackle two crises at once," she said.

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Reuters, 22 Apr 2020: Time to tackle two crises at once, activist Thunberg says on Earth Day