So, what if the “world of tomorrow” was instead the “world with”? The period of lockdown caused by this unprecedented crisis offered some time for reflection. For reflecting on our immediate future: what will tomorrow look like? Is it possible to avoid further health disasters of this kind or should we prepare for them, as South-East Asian societies have become used to doing? What needs to change about our relationship with nature, as well as with the climate crisis and our economic model based on continuous growth? These are just a few of the issues that have been covered by ID4D over the past few months, available this week.
How can we respond to the resurgence of new epidemics of animal origin? Anthropologist Frédéric Keck (CNRS) thinks that developing worst-case scenarios will help us better anticipate health crises.
According to economist Christian de Perthuis, 2019 could well be remembered as the peak year for global emissions, with the coronavirus health crisis acting in the medium-term to accelerate structural changes in economies.
If our political decision-makers really want to make the transformation to a more climate-aware world, the time has come to blacklist companies that do not comply with the Paris Agreement, rather than offering them incentives, argues Alexandre Poidatz (Oxfam).
Governments have introduced emergency measures to assist the informal sector, a key component in developing countries. Economist Cecilia Poggi and urban planner Irène Salenson (AFD) argue that this aid must go much further, however.
Highly exposed from the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, South Korea implemented strict measures—including widespread testing—which have proved to be highly effective. Australian Epidemiologist, Mary-Louise McLaws, explains the South Korean response.
From July 20 to 14 August 2020, ID4D is taking a break. This provides an opportunity to look back at some of the common themes covered in our publications since last summer. Women’s rights, the Covid-19 outbreak, the current situation in the Sahel, the “world of tomorrow” and much more … Happy reading, and have a great summer!