We’re taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change?
Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care
One of the biggest problems facing all life on Earth right now is human-caused climate change, but there’s a problem in how we relate to it: The scale and tempo are different from the human one.
In fact, there are a lot of parallels between the coronavirus and climate change, if you think about it. Both are existential threats that are directly affected by individual choices and actions but need coordinated, global action to slow them down. Both will hurt or kill the most vulnerable people.
Both climate change (and the resulting heat waves, droughts and intense storms), and coronavirus have a clear consensus of scientists behind them giving warnings about the future. Both have already killed people and led to economic damage…