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How COVID-19 pandamic back our response to climate change

Right now, governments around the world, private businesses, and even individuals are concerned about the economic impact of the pandemic. Hence the primary focus is to revive growth and development at any cost. But the question is, would these development policies, take our focus away from climate change and environmental conservation. There are two ways in which the pandemic can determine our response to climate change in the future. One, we can treat the pandemic as an opportunity and work towards remodeling our economies and societies. Such a remodeling can make our economic policies more environmentally friendly and this opportunity could enable the government, the private businesses, active civil society to remodel our economy and make it more resilient towards natural disasters. It could enable them to adopt economic policies that can help reduce emissions and at a more individual level, the pandemic by providing an opportunity to adopt behavioral changes in our day to day life, which will end up reducing our impact on the environment. But on the other hand, the pandemic could also mean a lost decade for environment conservation and climate change. Because see, as a result of the pandemic, and the lockdown, the finances of governments and the private sector around the world has covered a lot of strain. Their urgent priority is to revive economic growth and to revive industrial activities at any cost. So the urgency with which governments are trying to revive the economy and the lack of funds with governments and private businesses might force them to shift their focus away from environment conservation and climate change and invest entirely in the promotion of economic and industrial activities. The second outcome could be disastrous for the environment, and as well as for the well being of mankind in the future. So in this context,  the government, the NGOs and think tanks to come up with such economic policies that blend, and integrate the priorities of environment conservation and climate change as well. He is calling for a marriage between economic and growth policies and environmental outcomes and developmental policies that integrate environmental concerns are the best way forward. To turn the pandemic into an opportunity and make our economy and society more resilient towards natural disasters and encourage behavioral changes, both at the institutional level and at the personal level, to reduce our emissions. For example, the government could give a greater push to the manufacturing of solar equipment and electric cars. Such initiatives can not only help revive industrial activities and protect jobs, but it will also help in blending and integrating environmental priorities and climate change priorities, to our economic policies.

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