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Mangrove forest underwater

'By destroying nature we destroy ourselves'

Loss of nature carries a huge economic cost, but embracing it as a solution pays handsome dividends The coronavirus might have its origins in the caves of Yunnan province, but make no mistake: nature did not create this crisis, we did. When we encroach on the natural world, we do more than cause…
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Peruvian man in foreground of mountain backdrop

Indigenous peoples and COVID-19: response and resilience

This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples offers a moment to reflect on how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for indigenous peoples around the world and how much promise there is from ongoing initiatives to support and engage these communities who have much to teach…
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Suspended walking bridge in Costa Rica rainforest

Investing in nature makes more sense than ever

It is not easy to plan for the future during a pandemic or a recession. But this is 2020, and governments and businesses are working hard to navigate both challenges at once. As they do so, it is incredibly important they cast aside the notion that the environment is a tangential concern. The …
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Floating boat market in Indonesia

Preserving nature is a strategic business imperative

Sustainability is the pathway to recovery and resilience The global phenomena of the COVID-19 pandemic is tangible evidence of how an imbalanced ecosystem can bring massive economic damage and social inequalities, putting millions of lives and businesses at risk. In the long run and, more…
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Roundabout in the middle of a forest in Belgium. Circular road surrounded by trees

To build a resilient world, we must go circular. Here's how to do it

The best way to build resilience against future pandemics and the impact of climate change is to move to a circular economy. Doing so could address 45% of global greenhouse gas emissions and provide a $4.5 trillion economic opportunity. Here, the co-chairs of the Platform for Accelerating the…
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Money can indeed grow on trees

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. Yet the natural corollary, climate adaptation,…
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A row of bicycles from EcoBici in the Reforma Avenue in Mexico City

The bicycle can propel us towards a more sustainable future post-pandemic

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…
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Post-COVID capitalism should care for people and the planet

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…
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Restoring the global commons is good business

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.  The MIT professor argued that a minor disturbance…
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How can we avoid another pandemic?

There are three steps governments must take to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding global commons and reducing the risk of cascading catastrophes. It cannot be hammered home too often: the root cause of the COVID-19 pandemic is the unsustainable world that we have built. It is a world in…

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