As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, the dramatic drop in CO2 emissions has been a silver lining in an otherwise bleak and unsettling time. However, as lockdowns begin to lift and life returns to normal, rampant pollution will return as well. Even with the massive drop in CO2 emissions this year, concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere won’t stabilize until the planet reaches net-zero. While the Paris Climate Agreement represents an ambitious effort to achieve net-zero emissions and limit global warming, international meetings and initiatives to curb climate change have also been disrupted.
On August 13th, Dr. Beth Sawin, co-founder of Climate Interactive, Joanna Messing, Executive Director of the Growald Family Fund and Dr. Amy Luers, Executive Director of Future Earth, spoke with GPF CEO Philip Yun on how we can use the current moment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to make climate change a top priority and what solutions the philanthropic sector can offer.