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6 lessons that the coronavirus can teach us about climate change

In 2020, Earth Day coincides with a difficult time. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. The number of infected people is increasing dramatically all over the world and many countries are under quarantine

makes. As a precaution, people maintain physical distance from each other. However, at the same time, they support and help each other. They encourage the lonely over the phone or the Internet, sew masks for desperate healthcare workers, collect donations for groups that help migrants and the homeless, and actively fight for policies that protect the lowest-income members of society.

If ever there was a time for humanity to recognize that we all belong to one, tight-knit family on Earth, now is the time. We share the same planet, drink the same water and breathe the same air.

So it doesn't matter where we are; Whether we are hiding in homes or hospitals or working on the front lines, we all have a part to play in the fight against a common enemy.When we finally defeat COVID-19, instead of returning to life as usual, we should use these lessons to fight climate change.

Below are 6 lessons the coronavirus pandemic may teach us about responding to climate change.

1. Science is important

With the funding, access and understanding of reliable science, we can save people's lives. The science of climate change has had a clear position for decades, yet we have failed to communicate the dangers to the public, resulting in slow action and widespread denial of the facts.

2. Our well-being is affected by how we treat the natural environment due to the loss of habitats and biodiversity due to new deadly viruses like COVID-19 and

Conditions are created for diseases to enter the population. If we continue to destroy our lands, we will also destroy our resources and damage our agricultural systems.

3. The sooner we mobilize, the less danger we will face

Quick and decisive action can flatten the curve on the coronavirus and free up health care resources to reduce death rates. Also, decisive action on climate change can reduce floods and water shortages, natural disasters and sea level rise, thereby protecting many people and communities.

4. We can make radical changes very quickly

When we have enough motivation, we can change our usual approaches to help each other. All over the world, healthy people are changing their lifestyles to protect more vulnerable people. All of us can make a significant contribution to the common cause and play an important role in solving the problem.

5. In times of crisis, all of us are vulnerable, but not equally

People who are socially, economically or physically vulnerable will be in the greatest trouble. A society burdened by social and economic inequality is most likely to collapse during a crisis. We must also realize that industries and people who thrive on injustice will try to prevent the social transformation that the crisis requires.

Earth Day 2020 will be remembered as a time when humanity was reeling from the pandemic. However, we pray that this year will also be remembered as a time when we were suddenly forced to stop what we were doing, pay attention to each other, and take action.

Business as usual - extracting fossil fuels, cutting down forests and sacrificing the health of the planet in exchange for profit, comfort and consumption - is leading to catastrophic climate change. It's time to put this destructive approach behind us and find a sustainable way to live on our planet.

What if we emerge from this pandemic while making a strict commitment to care for each other? What if we take the lessons taught by the pandemic and fight for a world where everyone can succeed?

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, when the planet is gripped by fear and disease, we listen to voices calling for wisdom, generosity, courage and hope. And as always, we find solace in the natural environment. We hear birds chirping in the suddenly silent streets and sky.Source: https ://


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