ELECTION 2020: THE COMPLEX COCKTAIL OF COVID-19 AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Article by Bruce Glavovic, Co-Chair of FEC
Bruce Glavovic, our Co-Chair, wrote an opinion piece for stuff.co.nz, a New Zealand news outlet, about the current pandemic and other ongoing crises our world has to cope with these days – and it’s implication for future decisions.
This environmental crisis, of which climate change is the poster-child, is rooted in a pervasive and fallacious belief in unfettered economic growth and the supposed miracle-working powers of the ‘free market’.
The discipline of economics long ago exposed the logical impossibility of unchecked growth on a finite planet. It has also documented the ways in which post-industrial development has fueled staggering levels of poverty, injustice and inequity. Covid-19 compounds this humanitarian crisis and the associated and tightly-coupled environmental crisis.
We now have an opportunity to pivot the trajectory of development towards pathways that meet basic needs, foster human well-being, enable equity and justice, and respect the limits and intrinsic value of the natural world. This is the essence of the Sustainable Development Goals. Our recovery choices therefore transcend the pandemic per se.