As the world continues to face the COVID-19, we’re also facing challenges in different forms. Nonetheless, these challenges also provide lessons for sustainability and room for changes when it comes to shaping our response to not only the pandemic but also to climate change and other disasters.
With this, here are some of the lessons and recommendations for sustainability:
Focus on Providing Factual Information to the Public
In everything that the world faces, it is essential to ensure that we drive people towards the hard truths and facts, especially when it comes to climate change. This is important because better scientific facts can provide real solutions and a more in-depth understanding of the issues we face.
The public’s attention should be towards facts. Advocacies for climate change as we face the pandemic are equally important, considering that these two should attract our attention now more than ever.
Commitment to Science Should Be Our Number 1 Priority
Scientists have come together in order to strengthen networks of sharing facts. This is one of the reasons we’re currently moving forward. In order to discover medications, discover vaccines that are on trial and other medical resolution that help us understand the pandemic and what we can do to prevent and solve it.
Therefore, we must continuously include climate change in our response to the pandemic. We should encourage transparency, cooperate with the scientific communities, and ensure that the public is well-informed.
Protect and Improve Common Goods
We should be at the forefront of protecting common goods not only for the future generation but also for us today. It is essential to understand that the “tragedy of the commons” has significant environmental impacts which are most of the time irreversible.
It’s essential to invest in both public healthcare and welfare systems and climate protection agencies and systems equally. These two are equally important in making sure that we have a healthy ecosystem, clean water and air, and other climate goods.
“Whatever Money Takes” Approach
Sustainability doesn’t only mean protecting communities but also the economy. One of the lessons that the pandemic has brought is about sustaining economies, particularly businesses in various industries. Governments must mobilize financial support for businesses and also consider climate protection institutions. As such, they must avoid political conflicts, negotiate accordingly and swiftly for communities and the economy to rebuild as we face the current pandemic.
Establish Sustainable Food Systems
Issues on food security because of climate change had been growing. This has been going on for quite some time now. Agricultural industries, food systems, and other ecological food systems are suffering because of the effects of climate change.
Aside from this, the pandemic had also added more weight to global food security issues. Efforts must be enforced though there have already been proposed and implemented approaches to enhance food production across the globe. This includes food waste reduction, improving food systems distribution and crop rotation. Despite all these, countries are still facing food issues so it is essential to take additional mitigating actions to ensure that we have sufficient food supply for everyone.
Focus on Communities That are Left Behind
Last but not least, it is crucial to governments, profit, and non-profit institutions to focus on communities being left behind or are stuck during the pandemic. It’s essential to look at the vulnerable sectors and identify systems that can help them access healthcare, food, as well as other necessities as we battle the pandemic.
More importantly, even before the pandemic, climate change negatively affected poor farmers. Institutions must look at these groups including people living in the slums and effectively respond to climate change and the pandemic.
These are just some of the lessons on sustainability in every aspect and climate change that we must look into and consider especially during a global crisis. More importantly, facts and effective systems must take place in order to combat these various global crises that we are facing now.