The coronavirus crisis is presenting our healthcare system with some huge challenges: those who have fallen prey to the virus have to be helped to prevent the virus from spreading, and vaccines and medicinal products need to be developed. The economy and public life are practically at a standstill. Businesses are facing a huge squeeze on their liquidity. Many companies are asking their employees to work short-time. Not only are people worried about their health, they are also worried about their economic survival. In an acute emergency situation of this kind, it is absolutely right for the state to provide generous and unbureaucratic support – to pave the way for the economy to recover as soon as the crisis is overcome.
In managing the coronavirus crisis, however, it is also important to not lose sight of the bigger challenges ahead: the impact of global warming, the excess consumption of resources far beyond what planet earth can cope with and the loss of biodiversity. We believe that the current coronavirus crisis offers a unique opportunity to rethink current models of business and to shape a new economic start on a more sustainable and future-proof basis.
The blog Corona Sustainability Compass (CSC) forms the umbrella, under which authors (including leading scientists, business decision-makers and politicians) present their visions and images of a sustainable future. We are looking for new, future-oriented strategies, that might have been unimaginable yesterday, but which are now made possible by the corona crisis.
The CSC blog is a joint publication of the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), the scientific network Future Earth, the International Science Council (ISC) and Foundation 2° – German Businesses for Climate Protection.
The series starts with Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency and Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, Scientific Managing Director, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy.