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How will the Covid-19 pandemic make us a more sustainable society?  By making us more aware of the larger biophysical issues like climate change and environmental decline and how completely unprepared we are to tackle them.

Our article linked here on the EuroNews site illustrates the changes we have to make to better adapt to our dynamic planet rather than attempting to force the planet to adapt to humanity.

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“Models”, “ranges” and “worst case” are terms previously absent from political speeches. Along with these new terms, the pandemic has brought a new type of advisor to daises of leaders worldwide.

 

Politicians are now being publicly guided by scientists in developing pandemic strategies. “Following the science” and “data based” are phrases which have tumbled from the most unlikely of lips. But public policy has clearly benefitted as the chemistry of science and imminent has elevated national leadership to the standards necessary to directly serve the public good.

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In the1600s people prayed harder, self-flagellated and burned witches to appease an obviously very angry God.  It appeared to the religious populations of Europe that the supreme deity had unleased miserable weather, crop failures, pestilence, famines, endless wars and widespread death to punish an unworthy humanity.

Or so the societies of Europe were taught to believe.  But these beliefs began to come into question as ever greater acts of piety were performed to assuage past sins and move back into the good graces of the Almighty yet relief was not forthcoming.  Despite their renewed reverence and extreme sacrifices, the climate worsened and social conditions continued to deteriorate for people not just in Europe but around the globe as so well documented in Geoffrey Parker’s book “Global Crisis”.

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