How the current crisis is similar to climate warming

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The current COVID-19 global emergency is in fact very similar to climate change. As you can see from the graphs below, the spread of the virus and the changes in global temperature look very similar. The timelines are of course different, but the fast exponential growth element is exactly the same.

The current global lockdown shows that no country or business is immune to rapid massive economic changes that affect both them, and their customers. Fast-moving external situations demand that businesses adjust how they operate quickly — from adapting their hiring and growth plans to switching to 100% remote communication. Just as the virus requires swift action and collaboration between nations, so does the transition towards a greener future, and up to now, we have tended to ignore problems until the very last day.

I’m optimistic that the herculean global efforts of medical personnel and governments will tame the virus. With this in mind, we need to make sure that governments, businesses, and individuals understand the urgency of global warming.

The ways that the world has worked tirelessly to tame the virus, bring more clarity into how we can solve climate issues as well.

The speed of change

The band-aid is off, so everyone who claimed there is no rush to act now will need to reevaluate their opinions and simply look at the facts. What we have learned from the global pandemic is that by quickly deploying effective and strict measures, and measuring their effectiveness, we can act faster than any disease — even if that disease is the self-imposed destruction of our environment.

Take a look at how the analogies below of COVID-19 prevention could be applied to those of us dealing with climate change. As corporate energy buyers account for two thirds of the global energy consumption and hence have a bigger impact, the examples are ...

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