By chrisfraser64, Aug 15 2020 12:05PM

The Covid-19 crisis has been a period of great fear for all of us but also a time for contemplation and inspiration - fear of an unknown virus but also inspiration at the way communities have come together to support each other and witness the impressive drop in greenhouse gas emissions.

These are some of the progressive voices that are accelerating the pace Towards a Greener Future:

Christiana Figueres, a key figure in pushing through the Paris Climate Change Agreement, says:

Crises are a moment of rupture and change. In the midst of the pandemic, we face a choice between recovering the carbon-intensive global economy that has set us on the path towards environmental breakdown, OR accelerating the transition towards a future that prioritises the health of people and the planet.

Achieving the mindset needed to attain this improved environment would signal a maturation of humanity.

Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Report on Climate Change, says:

The greenhouse effect is simple science: greenhouse gases trap heat, and humans are emitting ever more greenhouse gases.

Climate change is a result of the greatest market failure the world has seen. It's crystal clear that we succeed or fail on winning the battle against world poverty and managing climate change, together. If we fail on one, we fail on the other.

Bernard Looney, Chief Executive Officer of BP promised to increase low-carbon investments tenfold by 2030, and cutting the company’s fossil fuel output by 40% .... This is part of his plan to reinvent BP as a “net zero carbon” company by 2050. Despite reporting one of its worst quarterly results, investors were not discouraged. BP shares closed up by 6.5%.

Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance says:

This crisis offers us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy in order to withstand the next shock coming our way, climate breakdown. Unless we act now, the climate crisis will be tomorrow’s central scenario and, unlike Covid-19, no one will be able to self-isolate from it.

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC says:

We now know the real price of inequality. This time working people can’t pay the price for recovery. Rebuilding will require investment, not cuts – and that will have to mean fairer taxes. We’ve got to invest in our public services.

We have built hospitals in days, and have had to radically transform the way we live and work within days.

I think we’ve run out of excuses about creating a carbon-free economy.

Ex-President, Barack Obama says:

Climate change and global economic inequality are connected in that it is hard to figure out how we solve sustainability issues and deal with climate change, if you also have huge gaps in wealth, opportunity and education. As wealth gets more and more concentrated … more energy is used up by the few, the many become resentful and it undermines our sense of politics and sense of community. Society won't be able to solve climate change without attending to inequality as well.

And a final word from David Attenborough:

What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.

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These are a series of talks I gave as part of the 'Apothecary' spoken word meetings at the Beach and Barnicott in Bridport