Santa Ono: What COVID-19 can teach us in our fight against climate change | #students | #parents

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One of the many lessons we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that we, as global citizens, can mobilize to confront a shared challenge.

Around the world, researchers have redirected efforts to slow the spread and find a vaccine, national governments have coordinated efforts to secure personal protective equipment, maintain supply lines while curtailing mobility, and launch efforts to restart the economy, and citizens everywhere have followed public health orders to stay at home and maintain physical distancing while volunteering and contributing to community efforts.

The response to COVID-19, imperfect as it may have been at times, has shown us that we can, working together, effect global change and tackle a formidable challenge. Now is the time to apply this important lesson to the greatest challenge we face as humans on this earth — climate change.

As president and vice-chancellor of the University of B.C., climate change and the transition to a low-carbon future has been and will continue to be one of my key priorities for the university.


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