Update on Climate Change – yes it’s still happening

25 May 2020


Climate change may not be to the front of most people’s minds at the moment.

Update on Climate Change – yes it's still happening

However, Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, reminds us that –

The climate emergency has not taken time off for the coronavirus. Nor will it prevent extreme weather events and other climate related impacts, which are already causing casualties.(1)

And she goes onto say that 2020 remains a critical year for making progress on climate change.

Covid-19 has forced massive changes in our behaviour in the UK, changes that the vast majority of us have uncomplainingly adopted, and one commentator has noted the during this crisis, people have tended to put their faith in science, even more than in politicians (2). It will be interesting to see if we will be as enthusiastic to adopt significant changes in our social and business behaviour, if required to do so, to ameliorate climate change, as we have been to limit the spread of Covid 19.

(1) https://unfccc.int/news/open-letter-by-the-executive-secretary-on-covid-19
(2) https://www.socialeurope.eu/combating-covid-19-and-climate-change-one-fight