We’re Moving Mountains to Fight Coronavirus. Why Not Climate Change? | Opinion

| May 18, 2020 | Leave a Comment

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: April 22

Year of Publication: 2020

Publisher: Newsweek

Author(s): Robert Walker

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There is nothing like a pandemic to illustrate what the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once described as the “fierce urgency of now.” The battle against COVID-19 is far from over—more missteps may come, and resurgences might occur. But at least for now, stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements and other emergency measures appear to be “flattening the curve” in the U.S. and other hard-hit countries. It proves that collective, effective action in the face of a common enemy is possible, so long as the threat is imminent, evident and lethal. That raises a question about other global challenges, including climate change, that may be less immediate, but no less important. What will it take to spur effective action on them?

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