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Sun Mar 29, 2020, 10:41 PM

Coronavirus Shows Us What Our Future Could Look Like During Climate Crisis

Coronavirus, like climate, isnt just about a singular crisis its about multiple crises, stacked on top of each other, all at once.

Lauren Walker / Truthout



By
Sharon Zhang,
Truthout

Published
March 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly been absorbed into our collective consciousness, remaking the fabric of our lives. Suddenly, millions are sheltering in place, strangers have started wishing each other well when exiting grocery stores, people have stopped touching their faces and shelves that are normally stocked with bleach and hand sanitizer are barren.

For many, the looming sense of dread is a new sensation.

A few times a day, I get distracted enough to forget that everything has changed, much of it in ways unlikely to revert whenever the pandemic recedes, wrote Amanda Mull for The Atlantic. Then I remember and return to psychological vertigo, trying to tamp down a mixture of anxiety, terror, and disorientation so profound that I can barely remember what Im supposed to be doing from one minute to the next. Plague dread never leaves for long.

But for those of us who have lived in acute awareness of the reality of the climate crisis, the current state of pandemic dread feels awfully familiar just a more imminent version of the dread about the climate that we have been feeling for years.

https://truthout.org/articles/coronavirus-shows-us-what-our-future-could-look-like-during-climate-crisis/?utm_campaign=Truthout+Share+Buttons


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Sun Mar 29, 2020, 10:50 PM

1. I don't see it that way

Climate change makes the world very different, but slowly.

It's acknowledged by all the experts that once a vaccine is available for C-19, in quantities sufficient for the whole world, this problem is probably solved. That will take probably a year and a half for the first people to get it (hopefully seniors) and a few years before it is available to even the poorest countries.

If a solution to climate change was doable in three or four years, would it threaten humanity the way that this virus has?

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Sun Mar 29, 2020, 11:06 PM

3. I don't know. The pandemic even through the time line you state could have far reaching consequences

and that is my take on the OP's focus. After listening to this interview, it is McNeil not Katz, who makes a compelling case for caution and expectations. There is no transcript but it is worth your time to listen.


Public Health specialist Dr. David Katz & NYT Health writer Donald McNeil discuss the President's notion that the economy could be re-started promptly.
Source: CNN

https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2020/03/29/exp-gps-0329-c-blk-web.cnn

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Sun Mar 29, 2020, 11:18 PM

4. Pandemics, climate change, antibiotic resistance- what could go wrong?!

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