Reuters: ‘Next risk? Coronavirus pandemic underscores climate health threats’ – ‘How can we use this crisis to capture people’s imaginations and spur action?’
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) –
The question now is whether the current crisis can be harnessed to drive more awareness of global vulnerability and better preparation for the likely next big health threat – climate change, the experts said
“How can we use this crisis to capture people’s imaginations and spur action? Bad things can indeed happen suddenly,” said John Roome, a World Bank sustainable development director for South Asia.
“The situation we’re in would have been unimaginable a few months ago, but you can go back now and see all the warnings it could happen. And the same thing applies to climate change,” he said.
Reporting by Laurie Goering @lauriegoering, editing by Claire Cozens. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters. Visit news.trust.org/climate