I told you so! Behaviour change is the key to climate change

Although Covid-19 is most likely the biggest global crisis since the Second World War, it is still dwarfed in the long term by climate change.

Posted on 06 May 2020.

(Extract from article published in Energy Managers Magazine May 20)

Although Covid-19 is most likely the biggest global crisis since the Second World War, it is still dwarfed in the long term by climate change. The world will never be the same again after Covid-19 but what are we learning and what opportunities can we capitalise on?

There have been some painful and costly adjustments required by individuals and organisations to achieve the positive environmental impacts we are seeing. Sporting events, exhibitions, conferences, holidays, concerts, parties, social gatherings, shopping trips have all been cancelled. These cancellations have led to reduced travel, reduced production, less catering, less heating and lighting, less air conditioning and overall, less consumption etc, etc.

This crisis has shown us that clearer skies and breathable air can be achieved very fast if concrete action is taken to reduce burning of fossil fuels but the global carbon emission reductions that the Covid-19 lockdowns are causing need to be repeated each and every year to prevent a 2 degree temperature rise.

One thing is certain however, individuals and organisations will not voluntarily and willingly repeat the pain of the last 6 weeks in the pursuit of the long term climate change goal.

The harsh reality is that behaviour change at the level required to tackle the climate change crisis is hard and will not be voluntary.

To read the full article published in the May issue of Energy Managers Magazine, click here.