The tragedies stemming from the COVID-19 crisis are the first of a series of generational issues we must confront, from global loss of biodiversity to inequalities of our economic system to the climate crisis. The pandemic is simultaneously creating a global pause and accelerated action. As many of us shelter in place, trillions of dollars are being allocated with the goal of returning to “normal”. How they are spent will determine our collective future.
We have an obligation to emerge from this pandemic in a way that helps solve the other looming crises. How would a wise society equitably deliver the things we all need such as energy, food, water, housing, health care, transportation and sanitation? Humanity is on the verge of a great transformation, and it is imperative we alter our current trajectory and create the future we want and need.