One of the worst health crises in modern-day history, COVID-19 has a total of 1.5M cases and over 91K deaths across the world. But there is no doubt that COVID-19 has become so much more than just a pandemic. COVID-19 became a political issue when disagreements arose over when, what kind, and how large of a Stimulus Package to pass. COVID-19 became an economic issue when the stock market saw its largest quarterly loss since 2008. And COVID-19 became a human issue when 10 million Americans found themselves without employment. COVID-19 will have long-lasting effects for years to come. There is, also, one other long-term implication that missed public alarm: sustainability.
Scientists have almost unanimously agreed on the threat of climate change since the early 2010s. It has been called humanity’s greatest existential crisis. And yet, because the effects manifest over such a long timescale, it is a topic that nations, leaders, and people cannot always agree on. Despite this, progress occurred slowly over the last decade:
Before discussing how COVID-19 will affect sustainability, it is important to remember how and why climate change is happening.