To be effective, our responses to the climate crisis must address root causes. This will require systems change through people-centered solutions at all levels, scaling up resistance to powerful polluters and elites, and mobilizing people everywhere to stabilise the climate and defend life on Earth.
With the coronavirus pandemic gripping the planet, industries are shutting down, planes are being grounded and shoppers are staying home. COVID-19 has already reduced China’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. Other countries may experience similar trends, leading to lower emissions in 2020 than in previous years.
But this doesn’t mean that we should be cheering the climate benefifififififififits of the outbreak.
Instead, advocates for climate justice recognise that like the climate crisis, the pandemic and its spiralling impacts, will hit women, the poor and most marginalised the hardest.