Lockdown won’t save the world from warming, but the pandemic is an opportunity to pursue a green economic recovery
- Christiana Figueres was head of the UN climate change convention that achieved the Paris agreement in 2015
The air is clean and fresh, fish have reappeared in urban waterways, birds are frequenting uncut gardens, wild mammals are meandering through cities and greenhouse gas emissions will likely drop by an unprecedented 8% this year. Nature has clearly benefited from several months of dramatically reduced economic activity. From a climate crisis perspective, this drop in emissions is astonishingly close to the 7.6% yearly reduction in emissions that scientists have advised will be necessary during the next decade. And yet none of this is cause for celebration.
Most surprising are the carbon-intensive industries that confirm they are continuing to decarbonise despite the pandemic