As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, we must not ignore the climate crisis. The evidence is all around us. Global warming threatens our very existence. As Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said recently, “Just because we’re in a health crisis doesn’t mean we can neglect the environmental crisis.”
The climate work must go on. And various organizations are delivering their climate message in new innovative ways during this pandemic. The Earth Day Week 2020 online conference (April 21-25) presented by We Don’t Have Time had participants from 140+ countries and over 100 speakers from five continents. Some 450 000 daily viewers followed the event on social media. You can revisit your favorite parts, or if you missed it, here’s your second chance to view the conference.
To watch the recorded versions of the daily broadcast:
- April 20, Finance
- April 21, Circular economy and consumption
- April 22, Big ideas and education
- April 23, Food and agriculture
- April 24, Local government, city development and transportation
- April 25, Climate Hackaton
Earth Day Week – The After Movie
The 2020 edition of We Don’t Have Time’s Climate Conference—Earth Day Week—was even more global than the previous years, and featured hundreds of proven climate solutions that are an imperative part of the new green transition.
A Few Highlights:
In her role as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres was responsible for designing the Paris Agreement. Now shes argues that the designs of our recovery packages for Covid-19 are far more important for our future than the next climate summit.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, took to the digital stage, offering the viewers five points of comparison between the current global pandemic and the climate change crisis. He spoke truth to power naming, shaming and linking the current Covid-19 pandemic to the climate crisis as well as to certain politicians.
“We understand and we know the threats. We need to base our actions on evidence, on science, on early response, on the snowball effect and on making our politics work for the common good” @JeffDSachs on the connection between climate change and COVID-19 #EarthDay #WeDontHaveTime pic.twitter.com/blrIHNDbTU
— We Don’t Have Time (@WeDontHaveTime) April 21, 2020
Change is the only constant thing happening these days. Covid-19 seems to have changed everything. The old rules don’t apply anymore. It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s our time—a new time for humanity. And it’s time for climate solutions!
Below2C was a proud partner of the 2020 Earth Day Week no-fly online conference. It is a rare privilege to be part of a process that is reinventing the climate conversation toward the new green transition that now more than ever seems imperative and inevitable.
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