Our world dancing on the precipice: a time for introspection and change. Photo: Shutterstock However, it is but one chapter in a greater unfolding tragedy of climate emergency, massive biodiversity loss and rapidly-growing inequalities. The damage this could wreak on us all is enormous, far bigger than anything we have experienced so far. We have disregarded these underlying issues for too long. Before the coronavirus, we were content to ignore what the science was telling us. Nearly 30 years after the Rio Earth Summit, when climate change and biodiversity were put on the United Nations agenda, there have been many worthy reports, initiatives, and declarations. All were well-intentioned but in truth, all the reasoned argument, science, and ambition have not moved us on much. I would say that over the past few years, there has been an increasing recognition of the need to act. A recognition that we have been content to think about the flows of benefits nature and society give our economies, but that we have not paid attention to maintaining the stock of natural and social wealth that give rise to these flows. As a result, we have eroded to dangerous levels the things we depend on… Read full this story
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