While the talks surrounding global warming have often been limited to debates, the COVID-19 pandemic may just turn out to be the perfect lesson to evoke actions for climate change.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world. It has posed a big question mark on our ability to deal with natural crisis. With more 1,00,000 global deaths, the coronavirus has jolted all inhabitable continents. While every country in the world boosts up its defence force against external menaces, it’s situations like the COVID-19 that often leave the world gasping. With global warming issues limited only to debates, maybe the COVID-19 crisis will force the world to consider the climate change a bit more seriously.
Highlights! Will COVID-19 lead to a more serious approach towards the burning issue of climate change?
- Governments and world organizations often sideline the ‘real danger’.
- Why do governments fail to predict bio-disasters?
- Now is the time to act on climate change, not just talk.
The ‘real danger’ getting sidelined
In this modern world, governments across the world are actively working to bolster their defence services. However, it’s these governments which often fail to imagine how a worst-case scenario can come about. While countries prepare themselves for terror threats, nuclear explosions and cyber-attacks, often the ‘real danger’ seems to arise from other quarters.
The risks that humanity faces today are varied. From climate change leading to mass biodiversity loss to accidental or unintended use of advanced bio-technologies to a natural or bio-engineered global pandemic – such global threats that have been constantly ignored by countries and concerned organizations. And the havoc caused by COVID-19 pandemic is a clear result of such negligence. It’s not only China to be blamed, but the entire world as whole.
Why are bio-disasters often ignored?
The catastrophic risks talked above pose a serious challenge for governments to deal with. Wondering why? It’s because governments have always been set up to focus on the traditional threats.
But unfortunately, these traditional threats are no longer the greatest concern today. Risks arising from the domains of technology, biology, environment and warfare often don’t fall in into government’s view of the world. These are considered as a global problem that no one is ready to take onus of.
Since such low-probability high-impact events are difficult to mobilize a response to, these risks are rarely considered a priority for the governments. And with the unprecedented nature of these threats, the world is often not prepared to deal with such crisis.
Most of the governments don’t have the right incentives or skill sets to manage such extreme risks – at least beyond natural disasters and military attacks. The US struggling to tackle COVID-19 is a perfect example of this.
Time to take climate change seriously
The debate and talks around climate change have been under consideration for some time now. However, the results haven’t been as fruitful.
With pole-ward shifts in the geographic distribution of the species, catastrophic forest fires, mass bleaching of coral reefs, submerging of coastal lands; the impact of climate change on species and ecosystem is quite evident.
In an age when significant amount of attention is being showered on the need to combat climate change and global warming, a threat to biodiversity loss by the end of this century reflects the incapability of world organizations as whole. Maybe it’s time to act against climate change, not just talk.
Is COVID-19 an alarm for climate change?
With COVID-19 already putting a big question mark on our ability to deal with a pandemic, it’s time to realize the consequences of climate change. If a virus outbreak has the power to jolt humanity, climate change will for sure end all discussions.
The COVID-19 is indeed the perfect lesson to focus on climate change.