23rd March: 3.00pm
The pandemic and the planetary emergency
Why is it that our political leaders (sometimes) listen to and make decisions informed by the science in the case of coronavirus, but not when it comes to the planetary emergency? With Professor John Barry.
Unlike the coronavirus, there have been official political declarations of ‘climate and ecological emergencies’ in many parliaments. However, unlike the determined and swift actions of most governments around the world to the public health threat from Covid-19, there is little evidence of the same governmental determination to take radical and tough decisions on the climate and ecological crisis. But are there lessons and positive learning from how states and communities have responded to the pandemic that can give us some insight and hope that we can rise to the challenge and opportunities of tackling our planetary emergency?