Climate / COVID Connections
Alan, Mike F., Deb, Dan, Janis, Mike H., Dr. Bill, Kimberly, Bryan, and Donna—your PDA national team.
How is the COVID-19 pandemic related to the climate crisis? Simply put, public and planetary health are inextricable, and lessons learned from one crisis apply to the other.
Scientists have long warned of the dangers posed by pandemics, urging planning and preparation. Where these warnings have been ignored, where denial and complacency have shaped policy, the enormity of the catastrophe has required extreme measures just to mitigate and delay its immediate effects.
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing humanity. Its suddenness and intensity have laid bare great inadequacies and inequalities in our healthcare system. Emergency measures taken to slow the spread of the virus are shattering our economy, upending our educational system, and reshaping cultural norms.
In less than two months, Congress has appropriated some $2.7 trillion for economic rescue/stimulus plans (over two-thirds of annual federal revenue), with more funding surely to come. In the grip of this global pandemic, we are losing lives and livelihoods daily because we waited too long, and we are reacting to outbreaks without a strategy in place.
Denial and complacency have also guided our response to human-made climate change. Proposals such as the Green New Deal are dismissed as too radical, too expensive, too disruptive.
How expensive and disruptive are massive wildfires, giant hurricanes, long-term droughts, and flash floods of increasing intensity? We are waiting too long, and we are reacting to immediate symptoms without a long-term strategy in place.
The climate crisis poses existential threats to public health, food security, and environmental and political stability. We must apply the lessons of the current pandemic to the global threat of accelerating human-driven climate change—before all we can do is react to catastrophe.
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