The Hot Topic: Will coronavirus do what climate change couldn’t and turn the world vegetarian?
A scene from the movie Contagion comes to mind: the last scene, which shows the origin of the virus, the pig that the chef touched before shaking hands with the customer. The pig was the intermediary host between the bat and the human - which could have been entirely avoided if the pig was not eaten in the first place.
The Hot Topic: What happens to the world after coronavirus - if there is one?
Both the pandemic we find ourselves in, and the climate crisis, provide a good measure of the priorities, political will to resolve problems, and the efficiency of governments across the world. Both coronavirus and climate change tell us about the capabilities of not only the people we elected to power but our own contributions to a greater risk posed towards humanity.
The Hot Topic: The Paradox of the Present: Acting in Good Faith in Times of Crisis
Imagine the worst possible scenario, and if you are able enough to act according to it, do that. In the coronavirus situation then, it means that as long as you can isolate yourself, do it rather than not do it, even if it seems absurd, reactionary, and crazy. The same approach needs to be applied to climate change.
The Hot Topic: Coronavirus and Climate Change: More to it than meets the eye
In the 1990 movie Havana, it is quoted, ‘A butterfly can flutter its wings over a flower in China and cause a hurricane in the Caribbean.’ This is precisely what has happened.
The Hot Topic: Luxembourg’s free public transport and what it means for the environment
In Luxembourg, citizens and visitors can now travel completely ticketless on any bus, train, or tram, except for the first class cabins. It is a move that will be observed closely by the rest of the world, as mobility continues to be one of the biggest challenges in the twenty-first century.
The Hot Topic: Electric buses just might save the world
While ‘electric buses’ as a concept has been around forever, what’s electric about them, how can they save the world, and why aren’t we using them everywhere already?
The Hot Topic: How can a country be rapidly developing and sustainable? Ask Costa Rica!
Costa Rica has built a sustainable template that even the poorer nations in the world could adopt to be sustainable. The big sweeping changes that took Costa Rica to sustainability is something the rest of the world should look to.
The Hot Topic: Choose the romance of trains over planes - and save the planet in the process
Air travel could account for 22 per cent of global emissions by 2050, whereas a train journey causes one-tenth of the emissions, as opposed to a flight on the same route. The affordability of flights, combined with their network and routes, already has, and could further endanger the planet. Now the romance of night and sleeper trains is being revived in a bid to tackle climate change.