Good News Story of the Week - 3/8
Updated: Apr 29, 2020
In the midst of uncertain markets and social disruption, our goal with these entries is to show you the progress that is being made in pursuit of lasting change and a better world. Our aim is to highlight progress, rather than perfection, because any action no matter how small, or by whom, is better than no action at all*.
THE GOOD NEWS
🍻 Cheers 🍻 to Fast Company and others who published articles like the following "What would happen if the world reacted to climate change like it’s reacting to the coronavirus?" Because we can't lose focus and delay acting on serious issues that will affect all of us. Thanks for asking great questions and keeping climate change in the news cycle!
This is by no means meant to trivialize the Coronavirus or the impact it is having on people all over the globe but Fast Company raised a valid point. Within WEEKS of the spread of the Coronavirus companies and governments all over the world banded together and took action to limit the spread of the disease and the impacts it is having on people’s health. Between 2030 and 2050 climate-related events are expected to cause up to 250,000 deaths per year malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. While climate change may be a much more complicated issued if the world can band together to fight the Coronavirus and spare no expense in the process there is no reason why we cannot advocate for the same level of response.
THE ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
Contact your elected representatives and let them know that the issues surrounding our climate are extremely serious. If they can are willing to exercise this level of speed and authority over the Coronavirus they should certainly be able to put forth the same level of effort to help mitigate climate change.
Support local businesses who are taking initiative during this difficult time. If you have businesses in your community that are doing whatever it takes to make a positive impact show them that you value them by spending your money there. In the process, you can ask them what they are doing to help combat climate change. If they aren't currently doing anything ask them to consider it.
Put pressure on big businesses who are acting to halt the spread of the Coronavirus but not doing anything to combat climate change. There really isn't any excuse for them to do one and not the other and the beauty of social media is that it has never been easier to put them on the spot.
*The exception to this "rule" of ours is that if you are one of the world’s largest polluters we are allowed to appreciate the actions you are taking while being immensely dissatisfied that you aren't doing more. Come on now...