No one saw Covid-19 coming. With global warming, there’s a catastrophe of equal or greater magnitude on the horizon that we can still do something about.
Steven Desmyter, co-head of responsible investment at Man Group, March 2020


Coronavirus is not caused by climate change, but it wreaks the kind of disruption we might face in the future.
Henry Mance, chief features writer, Financial Times, March 2020


Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost everybody is living a low carbon lifestyle.
Lloyd Alter, Writer, Toronto, Canada, March 2020


The recent steep drop in oil prices is also a great opportunity for countries to lower or remove subsidies for fossil fuel consumption.
Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director IEA, March 2020


In modern industrial societies, the fallout from Covid-19 feels like a dress rehearsal for the kind of collapse that climate change threatens.
Jem Bendell, social-science professor, University of Cumbria, March 2020


This crisis reveals how fragile our current way of life has become.
Jem Bendell, social-science professor, University of Cumbria, March 2020


My climate grief and my grief about the coronavirus pandemic feel devastatingly similar. Both crises represent tectonic shifts in the way the world works.
Mary Annaïse Heglar, climate justice writer, March 2020


Both the coronavirus crisis and the climate crisis reveal that our world is inextricably interconnected, and it’s as strong or as fragile as those connections. We have to strengthen those connections. It is our only choice. The sun is going to rise again.
Mary Annaïse Heglar, climate justice writer, March 2020


The impact of the coronavirus around the world and the resulting turmoil in global markets are dominating global attention. As governments respond to these interlinked crises, they must not lose sight of a major challenge of our time: clean energy transitions.
Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director IEA, March 2020


Public funds should be used to invest in the future not the past.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, April 2020


Land use change and deforestation are primary global drivers of biodiversity destruction. They heighten the risk of further pandemics by bringing humans into contact with new threats such as the coronavirus.
Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), April 2020


There is an opportunity in the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis to create a new approach to growth that is a sustainable and resilient economy in closer harmony with the natural world.
Nicholas Stern climate economist, April 2020


In a crisis we change our behaviour and adapt to the new circumstances for the greater good of society.
Greta Thunberg, April 2020


Going back to business as usual is completely unacceptable: this pandemic shows there are huge lessons to be learned about the importance of listening to science and the need for urgent collective global action.
Jennifer Morgan, the executive director of Greenpeace International, April 2020


We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, April 2020


Corona crisis is a 100-meter race and the climate crisis is a marathon. We have to run both at the same time.
Victor Galaz, Stockholm Resilience Centre SEI, April 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis, it’s an environmental justice crisis.
Yvette Cabrera, Senior staff writer, grist, April 2020


This Covid-19 crisis is allowing us a glimpse of what a changed world looks like with far fewer cars and much cleaner air.
Claudia Adriazola-Steil, deputy director of the Urban Mobility Program at the World Resources Institute, April 2020


The climate crisis that was upon us before the corona crisis is still there and has lost nothing of its urgency.
Frans Timmermans, EU commission’s first vice president, April 2020


The pandemic shows us that global problems have immediate national and local impact, and climate change affects us all.
John Sawers, a political-risk consultant and former head of MI6, the British intelligence service, April 2020


The pandemic has changed transport globally… We have the opportunity to see what would our cities look like when we are designing for people, not cars.
Samu Balogh, Budapest, mayor’s chief of staff, after Corona Lockdown, April 2020


Covid-19 safety now piles up with all the other advantages to cycling in Bogotá, and we are exploring other measures, in addition to new cycle lanes, that should increase not only infrastructure but also access to bicycles and other safe and clean transportation alternatives.
Carolina Urrutia Vásquez, Bogotá’s environment secretary, April 2020


When restrictions are lifted, rather than returning to business as usual, we need to take the opportunity to see how we can support more people to choose to walk or cycle, instead of travel by car.
Angeliki Stogia, city councillor. leader of Manchester’s environment, planning and transport strategy, April 2020


According to scientists, 60 percent of all infectious diseases in recent decades have been transmitted from animals to humans. This is due to the increased exploitation of hitherto undisturbed habitats and the resulting proximity to wild animals.
Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel at the XIth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, April 2020


Cities that seize this moment to make it easier for people to walk, bike and take public transport will prosper after this pandemic and not simply recover from it.
Janette Sadik-Khan, former transportation commissioner for New York City and principal with Bloomberg Associates, after Corona Lockdown, April 2020


The pandemic challenges us, but it also offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change course and repair the damage from a century of car-focused streets.
Janette Sadik-Khan, former transportation commissioner for New York City and principal with Bloomberg Associates, after Corona Lockdown, April 2020




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