It isn’t over yet, it might never be over; and when it’s over, the next challenge awaits us. The next challenge has already started however, it’s the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced, and therefore I’ll continue focussing on it: I’m talking about climate change and the energy transition of course, and other related environmental problems, which obviously haven’t stopped during COVID.
Some got worsened, such as single used plastics, take-away containers, mouth masks, and worse of all the sanitary tissues – which don’t only clog the sewage systems. Others on the other hand got a glimpse of perfection, such as the Himalaya that became visible after years having been covered in smog, and in other cities air pollution dropped to historically low levels – or at least in the history of the industrialised world.
In the meantime, California’s bush fires keep ravaging the USA, while the amazon keeps burning in Brazil and few has been said about the Siberian forest fires and the continuously melting Arctic.
What a Year
2020 is a meaningful year because of the pandemic, but as well because of the supposed climate action that should have been taken by the end of the year. It is the year of the famous Deadline 2020, the 20-20-20 targets of the EU, the elections in the USA – pro or contra environment – and the ambitions of the Paris Agreement must finally be updated, upscaled and toughened so we can buckle up and prevent the worst-case scenario of climate change from happening.
Hence, next blog posts will take us along certain topics that matter as well in 2020, beyond COVID, but obviously COVID will still have its say, let’s say.
So, buckle up and get on board of the weekly posts on Finfinnews in which we go through the other remarkable steps, facts, and fictions of 2020.
And as COVID has shown, if we face an emergency, we are prepared to fight for our lives; let’s fight for climate change as hard, since that will be what’s going to determine our lives from now on.