The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is having an impact not only on health systems, global travel and work patterns, but also on our environment.
This week it was announced that the COP26 climate summit, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, due to take place in Glasgow in November 2020, would need to be postponed until 2021. Holding an inclusive and ambitious COP this coming November would be impossible in light of the global challenge the world is facing at the moment.
However, efforts still need to be made. Regions have an important role to play in tackling climate change and protecting the environment. Why not take this time to reflect on how they could take action on a local level?
Cities and regions are responsible for 80% of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. We have the opportunity to rethink the way we approach climate change and the role we could play in saving the environment. The emptying of cities and the standstill of many transport means have resulted in positive outcomes for the earth: Dolphins in the ports of Sardinia, clearance of the water in Venice, drops in air pollution and CO2, etc.
How can we maintain or even improve those changes once quarantine is lifted? Now is the time for cities and regions to (re)think creative solutions to stop climate change and prepare for the future of the planet.