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“What we cannot afford to do is to jump out of the frying pan of COVID and into the raging fire of climate change," Christiana Figueres says of how to approach climate change after the #coronavirus pandemic.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 17, 2020
GLOBAL HANGOUT: Cleaner air and water, wildlife returning to places they abandoned — these are just some of the unexpected effects of a world in lockdown because of a global pandemic. Air travel is a fraction of what it once was, factories are shuttered and highways are deserted. Around the world, billions of people have made tremendous sacrifices to fight an imminent health threat. But could these temporary changes spell a lasting benefit for the fight against climate change? Or will the economic pain of the pandemic push climate change to the bottom of political agendas?
Founding Partner, Global Optimism
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Dr. Sweta Chakraborty
Risk and Behavioral Scientist
Washington, DC, USA
Climate Activist, This is Zero Hour
Seattle, WA, USA
NBC News Correspondent