By now, it is not only the environment that is suffering. In the months leading up to COVID-19, our relative indifference to the catastrophe of climate change was a far cry from the pandemonium you might have expected when a planet is dying. Oceans were rising; forests were falling; the world was reaching boiling point, yet we carried on much the same.
As bush fires ripped through Australia earlier this year, slaughtered and live wild animals were on sale in Asia; while coral reefs around the world were bleached to death and atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases were at the highest levels ever recorded. Despite best efforts from Greta Thunberg, the opposing fight against climate change still felt like ignoring the hemorrhaging tap of an overflowing bath, electing instead to dutifully mop the floor.
As we enter the second month of lock-down in the UK, both businesses and individuals alike are worrying about what a post-COVID world will look like. Although it is an uncertain time, this crisis is an opportunity to reflect on how we have previously approached climate concerns and how we can move forward with a mind to our planet, people and the global economy. Poverty and environmental degradation go hand in hand, so developing a sustainable culture is integral to this transformation. To achieve this, we need to influence attitude change on an individual level, before a systemic change can be enabled on a macro level.
In light of this, it has become imperative to discuss the social, environmental and economic issues relating to the Coronavirus pandemic; with a spotlight on sustainable advancements made as a direct result of this period of global reflection.
The time for change is now. And together we can create a more sustainable and ethical world.