COVID-19 and Climate Change: Parallels and disconnects

COVID-19 and Climate Change: Parallels and Disconnects An artistic illustration of the globe, with coronavirus particles floating around it.

Recent months have seen the COVID-19 pandemic emerge as a global crisis requiring immediate, wide-spread and evidence-based action.

As countries have taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, comparisons have arisen between the global response to COVID-19 and climate change. Despite their fundamental differences, they are both significant global challenges that require immediate action based upon scientific evidence.

So how and why have our responses differed, and what can we learn from the handling of COVID-19 to apply to our response to climate change?

Join us for the first event in the series, COVID-19 and Climate Change - Parallels and disconnects, to discuss and critique the parallels and disconnects between our understanding and responses to COVID-19 and climate change, with leading climate scientist, Prof Mark Howden.

Mark will frame the series and delve into what the pandemic and responses to it have revealed about the relationships between science, politics and policy and how this may - or may not - inform new approaches for dealing with climate change.

View the slideshow presentation here - What can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that helps us with climate change? (PDF 1.8MB)

These events will be recorded. The recording will be made available after the event through the ANU Climate Change Institute YouTube channel.

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