A third of the world’s population is currently under lock-down. Countless schools and higher education have closed, along with non-essential offices, and places of worship. Countries across the world have already started closing their borders as global travel has all but come to a standstill.
At first glance, one may be cautious of comparing coronavirus with climate change but they have been inevitably linked. There is an immediacy to coronavirus: it is a new and immediate crisis, while climate change has been developing over centuries, and feels like a much slower threat.
More worryingly, since the announcement, we are yet to see any effective action from governments following the advice of climate experts. Although there is a surprising link between the emergencies of climate and virus. An unexpected side effect of the crisis lock-down is a decrease in air pollution as everyone stays home. It would be naive to think that this is a solution, especially as people across the globe suffer. But while this is no more an environmentalist’s dream than it is anyone else’s, it does beg the question: how do we want to rebuild the world once we come out of this nightmare? After all, the climate does need urgent action.
Brighton Peace and Environment Centre is a community education charity. It delivers projects which teach and tackle issues of peace and the environment, inspiring action through learning about the world. Find out more atwww.bpec.org
Words by Wilkie Briggs
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