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As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, should governments be thinking about how to reduce waste and energy usage during the pandemic?
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Yes, this is a long term pandemic and I believe it hardly ends soon, so Governments should give ways to reduce single use plastic in health care service, carbon emission in production, ....
Although the pandemic may end soon, we should fin ways to tackle future pandemic or situations like COVID-19 as lessons for us
Definitely, but it won't be easy. COVID-19 and public health, along with other issues on peace and security, have buried environmental protection in official state agenda. Governments should recognize that, first, climate change and pollution may usher in infectious diseases much worse than COVID-19 and, second, the pandemic has brought to light the extreme vulnerability of multiple sectors who are in direct threat of the effects of global warming and unsustainable city planning.
Of course - but in reality it will be very difficult and require a significant amount of political will to get environmental measures on the menu in many countries. Many livelihoods under threat are intrinsically connected to the resumption of economic activities which may not be as environmentally friendly - and especially in democracies, governments will be especially incentivised to listen to these voices.
Definitely. A pandemic should not be an impediment for continuing o adopt more sustainable approaches. I believe that we need to re-imagine the way the way in which we design, wear and reuse our clothes - so that our fashion waste no longer becomes another country’s burden. Do other people think that better cooperation between ASEAN and Australia can help facilitate better sustainable waste management policies? 🌱