Former UN environmental director Svein T veitdal supported the comments by a climate activist claiming that if we can “shut the world down” to battle coronavirus, “it means it is possible to do the same for climate change.”
Svein T veitdal, a former United Nations adviser to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a UNEP division director, tweeted climate activist Jamie Margolin’s video where she silently declared: “If we can shut the world down to stop a virus, that also means it is possible to do the same for climate change.
Treat all emergencies like emergencies!”
Teen activist JAMIE MARGOLIN: “If we can shut the world down to stop a virus, that also means it is possible to do the same for climate change. Treat all emergencies like emergencies!”
Margolin in Teen Vogue: “The way the world has been able to mobilize itself and shut down in the blink of an eye to properly respond to the coronavirus is proof that political leaders actually do have the ability to make rapid change happen if they want. So where is that rapid response for the climate crisis?…
For years, climate justice activists like myself have been calling for immediate action on our climate emergency. And for years, that action has not taken place….Why have there not been coronavirus levels of shutting down and completely rewiring our society? Every time I meet with lawmakers and tell them that we need rapid transformation to halt climate change, they tell me “change that fast just isn’t possible.” But the COVID-19 world response has proven that rapid change and disruption of business as usual is possible! … What would it look like when the world actually decides to take on the climate crisis? It would look like what we’re seeing right now. Media coverage of the issue 24/7. Consistent headlines about updated death tolls. Experts appearing on the news daily to update the public on the crisis. Everyone stopping everything and putting the world on pause to deal with the immediate crisis at hand. … Pandemic response is simply trying to mitigate a disaster, while urgent climate response is not only mitigating disaster, but actively creating a better world.”
MAG: What would happen if the world reacted to climate change like it’s reacting to the coronavirus?
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“Yes, even the desire “not to have a new Great Depression” has turned into a “fringe” political opinion, according to the number of prominent advocates There’s really a near consensus among the pundits in the West that we must commit the economic suicide as a civilization.”
Harvard U. environmental ‘expert’ links coronavirus to ‘climate change’
Reporter Questions: “Did habitat loss, driven in part by climate change, make it easier for pathogens to spread among wildlife and for the virus to jump to humans?
We asked him about the ways that climate change might have played a role in the emergence of COVID-19, about any parallels between “virus denial” and climate denial
Dr. Aaron Bernstein, a pediatrician and Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Excerpt: “We have transformed life on Earth. We are having a massive effect on how the relationships between all life on Earth operate and also with ourselves. We shouldn’t be surprised that these emerging diseases pop up.” … “Climate change is a destabilizing force when it comes to the spread of infection through several potential pathways.” … “Climate is a part of what is fundamentally reshaping our relationship with the natural world.”
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LA Times Op-Ed happy to see global economy shut down for benefit of climate: ‘We must embrace a world that the coronavirus, perversely, is laying out for us’ – Christopher Ketcham in LA Times: ‘The coronavirus may finally cause us to see air travel for what it is, a fuse burning in the climate’ bomb.
“As it happens, a lot less flying is required if we are to stabilize a non-nightmarish planetary climate for our children, our grandchildren and their children.
The spread of the novel coronavirus comes in the wake of an unvarnished report on how to ameliorate climate change that was commissioned by the United Kingdom and published in November. Called “Absolute Zero,” the report, drafted by a group of scientists from the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Nottingham, Bath and the Imperial College London, advised how Britain could reach its stated target of zero emissions by 2050.
Among their conclusions: Because at present and for the foreseeable future there is no carbon-neutral alternative for the powering of planes, all air travel in the U.K. will have to decline precipitously by 2030 — 10 years from now — and cease altogether by 2050. “For some period,” the report says, “we’ll all stop using aeroplanes.”
What’s true for Britain, of course, has to be true globally — an end to air travel as we know it if the planet is to keep within the putatively safe carbon budget that holds warming to 1.5 degrees Centigrade. And one can read that conclusion another way: Present-day rates of carbon-intensive travel and tourism are among the many time bombs that industrial society has set to destroy future generations…
We have to start thinking now — right now, today, as you read this — about a livable, equitable future for our children, and for that future to be realized we must embrace a world that the coronavirus, perversely, is laying out for us. It is a world of less travel, less consumption, one not pathogen-determined but instead created by our own collective self-restraint, humility and altruism. If we learn from the coronavirus, generations to come will thank us.
Professor: Why coronavirus is eclipsing Greta Thunberg on climate – ‘Producing results that are arguably more important, immediate and effective’ – Greta Thunberg’s statements and actions are a constant reminder of climate change and the need for rapid mitigation and adaptation. We can identify the ‘Thunberg effect’ and the impact that this has had on the growth in carbon offsetting. Nevertheless, the Thunberg effect has had an as yet relatively small impact on climate change…
We can label this the ‘COVID-19 effect’. In contrast with the Thunberg effect, it is producing results that are arguably more important, immediate and effective.