Could coronavirus change how we tackle the climate crisis?

On Thursday, May 21 at 19:30 GMT:
With main cities under coronavirus lockdowns, ecosystems around the world have been healing. Smog-free air, cleaner waterways and drastic drops in carbon emissions have become a rallying point for many environmental activists who say that change is possible. Emissions of carbon dioxide – the main contributor to global warming – are predicted to drop by a record 8% globally this year, according to the International Energy Agency.

But scientists say the clear skies and other improvements will be short-lived and have minimal effect on global warming as economies begin to reopen. And as many nations look to bounce back from economic turmoil, action on climate change may not be the highest priority for governments. In this episode of The Stream, we will look at the potential effect of the pandemic on environmental policy and tackling the global climate emergency. Join the conversation.

On this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Christiana Figueres, @CFigueres
Founder, Global Optimism
globaloptimism.com 

Gelareh Darabi, @GelarehDarabi
Science, environment & climate correspondent, AJ

Alvin Munyasia, @atofler
Food security and climate justice adviser, Oxfam – Pan Africa programme
oxfamamerica.org

Read more:
Could coronavirus save the planet by changing economics forever – Al Jazeera
The coronavirus is not good for nature – Al Jazeera

Source: Al Jazeera

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