Climate Change: World should not dare to forget ‘deeper emergency’

  • Environmentalism recognizes links between human health and ecosystem
  • The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that our existence is fragile on this planet
Climate Change World should not dare to forget ‘deeper emergency’

The world is not only facing the coronavirus pandemic but also facing a deeper environmental emergency due to climate change. In his remarks on the Earth Day celebration, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shared this view. He says the toll taken by the virus is dreadful. But he also said that this crisis is also a wake-up call to do the things right for our future. He also reiterated his view that presently it is the biggest challenge the entire world has been facing since the Second World War. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Mr. Guterres said the unfolding environmental crisis is an even deeper emergency.

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Now biodiversity is in steep decline, and there is no sign of climate disruption improvement. He also said that we need to act more responsibly to protect this planet from both coronavirus and this grave existential threat of climate disruption.

What can save this planet from climate disruption?

A long term practice of healthy practice to tackle global heating is important. In order to make it possible, Mr. Guterres is now proposing six climate-related steps. These steps aim to shape the recovery after the virus. The world needs to send new jobs and businesses through a ‘clean, green, transition’. People pay a lot of taxes, and now the right amount needs to be used to achieve green jobs and sustainable growth.

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He also said that money needs to be used to aware more people about climate change. According to him, public money should be invested in the future, not for the past. Fossil fuel subsidies have been highlighted many times. This practice needs to end, and polluters must pay for their pollution. The secretary-general also said that the world needs to work together, and the government should put climate risks at the heart of all public policy.

The link between coronavirus and climate change

Many observers and experts have highlighted the links between coronavirus and climate change. Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), said, “While the pandemic will lead to a temporary dip in global greenhouse gas emissions, this must not distract from the urgent need for rapid fundamental changes in infrastructure, energy, land use.”

Deforestation and land-use changes are the leading global drivers of biodiversity destruction. With the example of coronavirus, they have also made people understand that further pandemics can damage deeper than imagination. Loss of species is an irreversible practice that decreases the resilience of nature and human systems.

On the 50th Earth day, a lot of researchers are interested in showing how the threats to the planet have increased over time.

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