Can climate capitalism cure what ails us? Fighting climate change in the age of COVID

Climate capitalism is the vaccine we need to tackle climate change – and COVID is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fund it

Every disaster movie starts with someone ignoring the experts. Scientists point to an impending threat with increasing alarm, but to the public the threat feels abstract, distant. Until it reaches a tipping point and suddenly everything changes. Almost overnight, COVID-19 exploded from WHO discussion rooms to shatter the global economy and upend our social lives. It’s an example of “systemic” risk, where nature shifts otherwise unseen boundary conditions under which we operate. Assumptions underpinning everyday security are betrayed. COVID breached an invisible line between us and pathogens. Nature’s back in the driver’s seat. We’re humbled, no longer in control.

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