‘We need to listen to the experts’: coronavirus has proven the dependence society has on scientific data.
Wednesday saw the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day:
It came at a very opportune moment – as we need to put the current crisis very much in the context of the wider health of the planet:
This was the message from Greta Thunberg on Wednesday:
Here’s more from Business Insider:
‘We need to listen to the experts’: Climate activist Greta Thunberg says coronavirus has proven the dependence society has on scientific data
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said the coronavirus pandemic emphasized the importance of listening to experts during a time of crisis, and the same should be applied to climate change.
Thunberg took part in a digital conversation with earth systems scientist Johan Rockström, who also serves as the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The livestream was hosted by the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday.
“We are realizing that we are dependent on science and scientific evidence, and we need to listen to the experts and the scientific data,” Thunberg said. She said the pandemic has proven that society can come together to respond to expert advice — as seen by the numerous lockdowns and stay-at-home orders — and that the same sense of urgency must be taken with the climate crisis, which is a long-term issue.
And from the Guardian:
Earth Day: Greta Thunberg calls for ‘new path’ after pandemic
Climate activist says Covid-19 outbreak shows change can happen when we listen to scientists
Greta Thunberg has urged people around the world to take a new path after the coronavirus pandemic, which she said proved “our society is not sustainable”.
The Swedish climate activist said the strong global response to Covid-19 demonstrated how quickly change could happen when humanity came together and acted on the advice of scientists.
She said the same principles should be applied to the climate crisis.
“Whether we like it or not, the world has changed. It looks completely different now from how it did a few months ago. It may never look the same again. We have to choose a new way forward,” she told a YouTube audience in a virtual meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable. If one single virus can destroy economies in a couple of weeks, it shows we are not thinking long-term and taking risks into account.”