A bigger threat than Coronavirus - Climate Change?
Updated: Aug 20, 2020
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic changed how we live our lives. Home transformed as a safe shelter to survive the pandemic. The clock is ticking, and there may not be enough time to stock up the food supplies and toilet papers, neither a shelter during global climate disaster!
Our mission moving forward
The coronavirus pandemic leads to the understanding that we share the planet, and any crisis on a global scale will affect each one of us personally. The pandemic indicates clearly that the geographic boundaries of the nation do not limit the impact of a worldwide catastrophe. Hence, the effects of climate change is bound to impact us globally unless the world works together on long-term strategic solutions.
Scientists, educators, professionals, government, non-profits, corporations and individuals have to work together to solve the puzzle that has been jumbled up by us, humans. The pandemic also threw light on how inequality in the wealth and living conditions has a direct correlation to the affected demographics. The marginalized communities with low-income households and migrant workforce had the most significant impact.
Planners, urban designers, landscape architects, architects, environmentalists, designers, and other construction industry professionals play a crucial role in advocating for climate and ecological justice. The design community has been working with communities and stakeholders to bridge the gap in climatic policies and design initiatives in the construction industry for years. Let us support and respect the professionals working towards a common goal of reducing the climatic impact. And, encourage design decisions that are governed by long-term sustainable goals rather than immediate profitability.
'We will not fight climate change with a virus'- António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General . António Guterres, underlined the importance of not allowing the fight against the virus to distract from the need to defeat climate change, inequality, and the many other problems the world is facing." https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059061
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans, 10% of the U.S. population at the time, took to the streets, college campuses, and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet's largest civic event. Earth Day 2020 marks the 50th anniversary, and the theme for this year is climate action. https://www.earthday.org/. And also, it is an irony that 2020 will be the year United States will formally pull out of the Paris Agreement one day after the 2020 U.S presidential election.
Our Goal for the World beyond 2020
It is time to elevate our thoughts and work together to reverse the problems that we have created by building an inclusive society that empowers marginalized groups and supports sustainable development. Let us celebrate Earth Day 2020, together as one world with one mission - Climate Action.
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