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Why Coronavirus won’t save the environment | COVID-19 and climate


Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees: The way the world has responded to the Coronavirus is very telling of how the world could respond to the climate crisis. COVID-19 is a serious threat and governments were right to impose strong measures to fight the pandemic. But the fact that many governments reacted so drastically to the coronavirus outbreak proves that strong economies do have the structural, financial and political ability to react quickly to a life-threatening crisis. Now that we know what’s possible, the corona pandemic actually gives us a unique and historical window of opportunity to make the structural changes needed to transition towards a fair and ecologically sustainable economic system. Unlike what happened during the 2008 financial crisis, this time governments should not aim to perpetuate a system that has proven unsustainable for both people and nature. Below are readings and some resources we can all use to push for a transition towards an economic system that respects our planetary boundaries. This is just a selection, if you have more interesting resources, share in the comments! This Green Stimulus Package that summarizes everything you need to know about how to transition our economy and which we fully endorse: Books about alternative, ecologically sustainable economic systems: Doughnut Economics, by Kate Raworth. The Green New Deal, by Jeremy Rifkin. Utopia for realists, by Rutger Bregman. This changes everything, by Naomi Klein. Vom Ende der Klimakrise, by Luisa Neubauer & Alexander Repenning (only available in German atm). Courses, resources and platforms to take climate action online during lockdown: Any of the online trainings by Start or support relevant petitions with these platforms:

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