Five years after the Paris Agreement was reached, the need for global action on climate change is clearer than ever. Calls for mitigation and a green economic recovery continue to catch headlines, even if in the margins of the COVID-19 newsreel.

Communities will act as a brake on the excesses of businesses that prioritize value for shareholders

The COVID-19 crisis has shaken up how we view the world. It has shown that many of our political and social structures are built on privilege and inequality, breaking through the clutter and smug self-satisfaction of our times, and turning the spotlight on what is truly important. 

Butterflies, nature and the business case for a resilient recovery from COVID-19

Edward Lorenz, best known as the father of chaos theory, famously hypothesized that the flap of a butterfly’s wings in the Amazon could set off a tornado in Texas. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, the bicycle is an unmatched rival to permit a more hygienic way to move around, contribute to a sustainable recovery of the economy, and support the transformation of urban transport towards decarbonization.

It is necessary to continue reclaiming the streets and public spaces, as we move forward in solving the climate crisis.

Before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

There are three steps governments must take to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding global commons and reducing the risk of cascading catastrophes.

There is no getting around it: the COVID-19 crisis will hit Africa’s people particularly hard. Even if the infection rate remains low, the socioeconomic devastation is already being felt. Access to clean water supply and basic health services remain a challenge throughout the continent, making the containment measures taken by most countries all the more challenging.

Cities are at the heart of the pandemic impact and response, and city leaders managing through the COVID-19 crisis have demonstrated commitment to integration, innovation, and partnership. GEF Cities Lead Aloke Barnwal makes the case that this approach will be critical to the future sustainability of cities, and argues for city-level recovery strategies that address the root causes of environmental degradation.

After the COVID-19 pandemic we can do better than simply return to business as usual

It’s a cruel and twisted enemy that claims not only people’s lives and livelihoods but makes us each a danger to our loved ones. Attacking societies at their core, coronavirus is the greatest test we have faced since the Second World War. Yet we find ourselves experiencing something else remarkable: an outpouring of hope, resourcefulness, and new-found solidarity. 

COVID-19 has made the case for taking better care of the home we share

Like many others, I began 2020 with high hopes.

This was meant to be a year that would yield desperately-needed accords about biodiversity, oceans, and climate change, propelled by increasing awareness about the value of nature in our modern world.

On this day in 1970, millions of people in the United States turned out for rallies across the country calling for environmental protections against oil spills, air pollution, toxic dumps, pesticides, and other hazards to the environment. That day marked the beginning of a movement that would spread around the globe, strengthen, and become the largest civic event the world has ever seen.