The economic rescue packages to deal with the impact of the coronavirus must also be green, concerned that hasty measures will lock the world into a high-carbon future. Every Governments need to put huge amounts of money into trying to sustain jobs and livelihoods. But they must do it with a very strong green emphasis. The threat from climate change is as real as the threat from Covid-19, though it seems far away.
The changes wrought in societies around the world by dealing with Covid-19 would also demonstrate to people that the changes needed to achieve a low-carbon future were much less drastic and far more palatable. As far as the climate was concerned, “we must not go back to bad habits afterwards”. It will be easier to persuade people, as we have had to change so dramatically because of this threat. Governments are drawing up stimulus plans to counter the economic damage from coronavirus. These stimulus packages offer should be an excellent opportunity to ensure the essential task of building a secure and sustainable energy future doesn’t get lost amid the flurry of immediate priorities.
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