The last months have thrown our everyday certainties up into the air. Expectations of stability, predictability and safety have been shown to be based on all too flimsy foundations. Foundations that were already fragile for so many around the world. At times of crisis, it is inspiring to see the power of empathy and cooperation bringing people and countries together; overcoming the division and hostility which has been so prevalent in recent years. Like climate change, the only way to deal with a global pandemic is through cooperation, not isolation.
Like everyone else, here at E3G we have been focusing on keeping safe, helping each other and doing what we can to help slow the pandemic. This has been our first priority. But we have also been turning our thoughts to what this crisis means for how we continue to tackle climate change; another crisis which threatens lives and livelihoods globally unless urgent action is taken. As societies we need to be able to focus on both short and long-term threats to people’s safety and well-being. We must continue working on building societies and politics that put resilience, preventative action and human security - both now and in the future - at the centre.
In this newsletter, we reflect on dealing with climate uncertainty in these uncertain times. First Alex Scott, Jennifer Tollmann and Tom Evans examine the importance of continuing to work on global climate action this year even amidst efforts to stop the global pandemic. Tom Burke then reflects on how COVID-19 is illuminating the strengths and limitations of our civilization in responding to climate change. Finally Kate Levick and Ronan Palmer look at how dealing with COVID-19 is upending the economic rulebook and what this may mean for climate action.
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