A slim silver lining to the terrible Covid-19 pandemic is a glimpse of the cleaner and healthier environment that is possible.
The unexpected positive benefits of lockdown include a reduction of emissions and a significant improvement on air quality.
It has also become apparent that we’re agreeable to a more flexible approach to work and many people are rethinking their relationship with nature and with our planet.
The changes we’ve had to make have proven that radical action can happen swiftly. It doesn’t have to take years to implement changes to alter our course for a better future.
We must remember that the climate crisis hasn’t gone away. Global temperatures are still on the rise, weather events will become more severe, sea levels will keep rising; these impacts upon our natural ecosystems and human populations remain the biggest long-term threat to all our futures and now, more than ever, we need to work together to take action and build on these improvements.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has described this as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to invest into clean energy and create millions of new jobs.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged UK Government Ministers to seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change.
The World Economic Forum has started The Great Reset initiative, to underline the urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.
Here at Climate Action North we have worked tirelessly for over two decades (combined) to take action and drive the necessary changes to halt the climate crisis.
And now we must not allow what has been a difficult time pass without learning important lessons on how we can do things better and differently.
Our projects for action on the climate crisis, climate emergency and the environment in the North of England include: Green Heart, Pollinator Parks, mini-rewilding projects and events, litter picking and beach cleans and working with businesses in the context of the climate emergency.
Our message is simple. Now is the time to rise up and bounce forward to accelerate progress towards a new normal with nature firmly at the heart of a healthy and green recovery. The time for talking is over, today we need to act.
Get in touch to support our work and get involved. Our actions now will make a difference to tomorrow.