5 things we learned from COVID-19 on climate change
Climate change is taking place right before our eyes; the Arctic is burning and Bangladesh is still spreading, with the destructive wildfires of California. We don’t have time to wait forever – but before it is too late we have the ability to change direction.
As we face many challenges – ranging from health and environment to inequality and leadership – it is time for companies to reevaluate their principles and seek ways to be more competitive and responsible.
We need to wonder where we can exert the greatest impact and then we need to move in order to begin moving to a better, more stable future.
Climate problem response tackles poverty and inequality, stimulates the environment and fosters sustainable wellbeing. The time is ticking, however. The future of civilization is endangered by failure to respond to the climate crisis on the required scale and pace.
Five lessons on tackling climate change have been taught here.
1. We are robust when we are together
As the pandemic took people to the table in front of extraordinary social challenges, they welcomed new job situations and personal issues and reassured us that human endurance was amazing.
When the world is changing and our endurance is being challenged, it is evident that we are just working together to do this. In order to move the momentum forward, substantive alliances and policy development are important.
Salesforce helps lead groups, such as the Step Up Alliance, put together businesses committed to their role in trying to minimise greenhouse gas emissions.
2. Adversity stimulates creativity
Throughout the epidemic, creative strategies have taken a steady leap forward – from the swift growth of “track and trace” technologies to help curb the spread of the virus, to infrastructure, to our jobs.
Similarly, climate change is also driven by creativity. Global companies like Adidas, which partnered with Parley to create plastic wastes in the ocean, have created innovative alternatives to plastic contamination.
Organizations like Arbor Day also innovate: they can link their eco-friendly network in time that is still focused on nature, such as their Arbor Day initiative at home.
Now is the time to step up and take advantage of all of our organisations’ special superpowers.
3. Digital is a must
Digital development takes place at hyperspeed as a consequence of the pandemic. Any business was suddenly compelled to go digital or close down immediately overnight.
The recession has profoundly impacted markets and businesses. Travel has come to a complete halt, activities are expected to stay interactive until 2021, and schools everywhere fail to get the student back to their classroom safely.
The pandemic showed the need for cloud-based technologies and reinforced the inclination to retain cloud infrastructure.
The World Economic Forum began UpLink earlier this year-a global crowdsourcing network that puts together partners at all dimensions, leveraging digitalisation to enter a larger pile at funds and proposals to meet the UN Sustainable Development Objectives.
This is the culmination of a one-year alliance with the Forum, Salesforce, Deloitte and Microsoft and the Ocean Solutions Sprint was launched, which created more than 50 company solutions from 15 countries to solve the world’s toughest challenges.
4. Leaders should be brave and honest
The COVID-19 crisis has shown that accountability is necessary to create trust. Leaders face a crisis of trust and like never before are publicly scrutinised. Local governments, towns and industries have taken responsibility for COVID-19, for monitoring the rates of infection and for establishing local controls.
Climate change would also need good leadership. We already saw the power of local leadership in the fight against the climate crisis and there were also many good examples in the world of business.
The Priceless Planet Coalition was created by Mastercard to unite corporate sustainability and invest in the preservation of the environment. Unilever has implemented an impressive environmental policy to “decouple its economic growth.”
The pandemic has emphasised which companies are most involved in the pandemic. These are the firms around the world that are ready to show how real changes can be carried out in order to ensure a sustainable and stable future.
5. The Planet won’t wait
For far too long, science has warned of the risk of a viral pandemic and of climate change. We are missing our 1.5˚C goal and are heading instead toward a 3-4˚C rise in temperature at our current global greenhouse gas emissions rates.
Emitting 7% lower by 2020 than by 2019 is planned, but the cost was enormous. “What’s remarkable is not how much emissions will go down because of the pandemic, but how little.”
We need to set bold and ambitious targets to drive change the planet needs. Coming out of the COVID-19 crisis, we have an opportunity to combine a safe recovery with a sustainable recovery. The EU has led the way by proposing a green recovery plan, which will use digitalization to boost jobs and growth, secure the resilience of societies, and put the health of our environment first.
5 things we learned from COVID-19 on climate change