With COP 15 in Kunming and COP 26 in the UK, 2021 is a big year of action for the planet. Researchers say there was a record drop in global carbon emissions from using fossil fuels during 2020, partly due to lockdowns prompted by the pandemic.
But it wasn't all good news. Tasneem Essop, executive director of Climate Action Network – the largest global network fighting the climate crisis – told The Agenda that the pandemic most harshly affected those who were already suffering most from climate change.
"While, of course, the environmental focus is going to be seriously important, we need to recognise that the key lesson that we learned from 2020 was that the pandemic and the climate impacts that we experienced had the same impacted communities across the world.
"Those who were hit the hardest were living in poverty... were front-line health workers... they are the same people. So the big issue, I think, for 2021 when it comes to environmental issues is to make the links between those vulnerabilities."
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