What the corona crisis teaches us about solving the climate crisis
Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM GMT+2
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A recording of the lecture can be found here:
I am delighted to be able to give a public lecture again. This time it will be online and hosted by WWF in Basel.
The title is borrowed from Richard Feynman and I will explain why I believe it is highly relevant.
With media’s attention almost entirely devoted to the corona crisis, it is easy to forget that climate change represents a much larger threat to humanity and that we are rapidly running out of time to fix the problem. We should therefore try to learn as much as possible from the current situation, which offers important insights into the politics of crisis management. The most important lesson is probably that “nature cannot be fooled”. Real threats cannot be countered with wishful thinking or political rhetoric.
The largest obstacle to fixing the climate crisis is in our heads. For almost 30 years, we have been arguing over minimal changes to society, hoping that these would miraculously suffice to solve the greatest challenge in human history. Political convenience was more important than solid facts. The corona crisis gives us an opportunity to change this. In my presentation, I will try to be more ambitious and present a plan to solve the climate crisis.
Quiz: Can you find the oil crisis in the plot below?