Climate Change and COVID-19 – A Different Perspective

By the CTEC Editorial

COVID-19 forced the world’s population into their homes, including industries that were previously generating some of the world’s most pollutants. Pictures were shared across social media of empty streets, reduced emissions, cleaner air, and before March, the reduced emissions in China specifically – the industrial workshop of the world. Many thought that COVID-19 would – at least – put a dent on the adverse effects of climate change. Some believed that the world would ramp up production once again due to time and money lost during the COVID crisis, and the adverse effects would worsen. The reality, while not untrue, is somewhat different, and puts into perspective what needs to be done regarding sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.

Continued studies showed that despite the world going on lockdown, the negative and long-term effects of climate change remained. Even with reducing production across the globe, low carbon emission production still had significant adverse effects as carbon can last for centuries. In short, even with daily emissions falling by 17% in April, COVID-19 hardly made a dent in climate change. This news puts into perspective that production has to be slashed, fast, and as the world recovers and reopens, achieving the bare minimum of expected emissions will not be enough. The negative impact of climate change is now irreversible, and the damage that has already been done can only be prevented from exacerbating further.

Source: Climate Central

The troubling news is that even the minimum expectations are barely being met. Electricity generation accounts for 28% of the global emissions produced, and that is only across the United States. These emissions come exclusively by the fossil fuel industry. The UK, however, is seeing significant progress.

Source: Carbon Brief – UK Emissions Fallen 38% since 1990

As an advocate for clean and renewable energy, CTEC urges individuals, companies, and people around the world to practice more sustainable methods of electricity generation, and focus on reducing the carbon footprint that we generate. The UK official declared a climate emergency in 2016, and while the UK is progressing to that effect, other countries need to join in. The climate emergency is global, and the world will have to come together if the impact of this crisis has to be mitigated.

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