This global crisis could lead to positive change…. for the climate and for equality across the world.
‘Hope is everywhere… but without demands hope is simply standing in the way of the major change that is required.
We have to abandon the maps and make our way into the unknown.
We have to start listening to all that we’ve stopped listening to.
We have to take the lead while keeping a welcome door open behind us.
Everyone is needed.
The climate crisis is one symptom among many of an unsustainable world.
An acute symptom.
At the same time the sustainability crisis is a choice.
A chance to put everything right.
And in that lies our hope.’
Malena Ernman 2018, co-author of ‘Our House Is On Fire’
The last global crisis didn’t change the world. But this one could.
Rather than view this as a crisis of capitalism, it might better be understood as the sort of world-making event that allows for new economic and intellectual beginnings.
In 1755, most of Lisbon was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami, killing as many as 75,000 people. Its economy was devastated, but it was rebuilt along different lines that nurtured its own producers. Thanks to reduced reliance on British exports, Lisbon’s economy was ultimately revitalised.
It will take years or decades for the significance of 2020 to be fully understood. But we can be sure that, as an authentically global crisis, it is also a global turning point.
There is a great deal of emotional, physical and financial pain in the immediate future.
But a crisis of this scale will never be truly resolved until many of the fundamentals of our social and economic life have been remade.
William Davies is a sociologist and political economist.
From an article the the Guardian today : www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/24/coronavirus-crisis-change-world-financial-global-capitalism
With severe restrictions on our movements, on where we can go, what we can do and what we can buy, levels of air pollution around the world are dropping as industrial activity is shut down and less stuff is getting shifted around the globe (www.theguardian.com/environment).
Even since the 2015 Paris Accord, huge amounts of money continues to be invested fossil fuel industries, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/18/global-banks-climate-crisis-finance-fossil-fuels. These industries must be drastically reduced. We can start to develop a greener way to provide for everyone on this Earth.
Now, as we are all forced to change our life-styles , this is a great opportunity to re-think what we really need and how our needs are met.
When governments start to rebuild our future the climate must be at the heart of all decisions. That is the future.
The world’s richest 10 per cent account for half of all greenhouse-gas emissions, which are destroying the balance of our atmosphere which is our major natural resource.
At current pace of emissions, that natural resource will soon no longer be a balanced and functioning atmosphere for much life on Earth.
The poorest half of Earth’s population accounts for only 10 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions.
‘If the world’s richest 10 per cent were required to lower their emissions level to the European Union average, the worlds emissions would go down by 30 per cent. That – and many other quick measures – could give us time.’
Professor Kevin Anderson, kevinanderson.info, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Engineering, University of Manchester