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As people around the world are staying indoors, factories are shuttering and cars are off the road, it’s become evident that the biggest winner of the coronavirus pandemic is our planet. Los Angeles’ air quality is in the green, and in fact, air pollution and CO2 emissions are falling around the world. Venice’s canals are so clear that you can spot fish–a dolphin was even spotted for the first time in 60 years! And monkeys and deer are beginning to reclaim the areas in Asia where they once roamed freely.
In addition, people are also starting to think about food waste and how to do more with less. Though this is all happening amidst the backdrop of an unnerving global pandemic, it’s proof that changes in our actions and consumption can have an enormous benefit for our planet.
Why This Matters: As we work to respond to the coronavirus crisis and as governments work on stimulus packages we must seize on the opportunity to ensure that we don’t just return to normal: we should build something better. Let’s use stimulus dollars that create jobs to preserve nature and lead us to a future where clean air isn’t a luxury we experience only during a mass quarantine. We’re at an impasse–in the United States at least–where we can orient our spending for a more just society and we should hold our leaders accountable to putting us on the right path.
Latest From The Hill: Yesterday Senate Republicans introduced a trillion-dollar coronavirus package, while Senate Democrats are still working on their own proposal. A companion package is being drafted in the House.
Today, President Trump is expected to meet with oil and gas industry executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and Continental Resources to discuss the outlook for the industry in the wake of an oil price collapse. Trump sees himself as a moderator in the world oil talks between Russia and Saudi Arabia as well […]
We wrote 3 weeks ago that the COVID-19 outbreak could prove to be a serious impediment to global efforts to curb climate change and promote conservation, and this concern has been realized as yesterday the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has been rescheduled for 2021. Why This Matters: COP26 was […]
Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to close Grand Canyon National Park and other national parks and public lands at risk of spreading coronavirus due to continued crowding and high visitation levels. In the midst […]