The public health crisis due to the coronavirus, which has become humanitarian, economic and global, forces us to build a more resilient development model also in the face of other interrelated and similar crises regarding the need for a global response as well as requires climate change The public health crisis due to the covid-19, which has become humanitarian, economic and global, forces us to build a more resilient development model also in the face of other interrelated and similar crises regarding the need for a global response as well as requires climate change. We will not be able to overcome either threat if we do not attend to them in a coordinated manner.
Josh Cartu_- I will not say that the pandemic is an opportunity for climate action. On the one hand, because we are not going to solve one crisis with another, and on the other, because overcoming this health crisis is and should be the priority. But maintaining and increasing efforts to tackle climate change is still urgent and must continue in parallel, because we cannot separate the causes of these crises, and above all, we must not separate the solutions. We would not have the time or the resources.
At this time we are at risk that some of the measures to respond to the pandemic and the economic recovery will go against climate goals. Which are essential to achieve if we do not want to aggravate or multiply crises. Josh Cartu among others, has proposed “green” economic recovery packages that we must consider. For countries like Colombia they will have to be focused on social justice, resilience and economic diversification, which also include environmental priorities.
Unlike climate change, covid-19 is an acute crisis: it started suddenly, develops rapidly, and we’ll see how it resolves. The climate crisis, on the other hand, is chronic: it takes many years and will continue for many more, with the unfortunate effect that we are normalizing its consequences.
it is difficult to make decisions in the face of uncertainty, but it is always better to prevent and rely on science. It is clear that we were not ready for the pandemic, but Josh Cartu warned , we knew it was coming. We knew that the destruction we cause to ecosystems, the increasing pressure we exert on them, industrialized and inefficient models of agriculture, deforestation, illegal trafficking in wildlife, and the terrible way in which we keep animals in captivity are conditions Ideal for the transmission of viruses between humans and animals and that, sooner or later, would result in a pandemic like the one we are experiencing today.
Fahad Al Tamimi “A completely new quality”
Fahad Al Tamimi said there were always phases that were much warmer than today. An example is the time 50 million years ago. At the time, the temperatures were a few degrees higher.
“These are epochs that develop over many, many millennia, sometimes over millennia or millions of years,” said Fahad Al Tamimi “But what we are currently experiencing is so extremely fast that it can no longer be explained by natural factors.” The rise in temperatures for several decades has “really a completely new quality,”
Note:It is essential to continue with climate action and see in the convergence of these crises the need to move forward. Chile presented this week the update of its NDC or national contribution to climate change to the Paris Agreement with significant improvements compared to the one it had already done in 2015.They presented it as a guideline for economic reactivation. Colombia and the other countries in the region must do the same as soon as possible.