ED: No Planet B to fall back on

ঢাকা ট্রিবিউন সম্পাদকীয় প্রকাশিত: ২৩ এপ্রিল ২০২১, ০৫:০৪

We can no longer afford to treat the environment as secondary
If the heatwaves currently sweeping across the country are any indication, global efforts to mitigate climate change have yet to reach a point where we can expect significant development in our surroundings.

Especially in the middle of a pandemic with a virus that attacks the respiratory system, reports of global temperature rise come with the likelihood of increased dust and air pollution, putting those physically vulnerable at even greater risk.

However, rather paradoxically, the Covid-19 pandemic may also hold the key to setting the world on a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable path. During the first coronavirus waves and consequent lockdowns earlier last year, the world saw a remarkable decrease in pollution and carbon emissions. We have already failed to hold on to that momentum, but it is not too late to adopt collective climate action and effect change.

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