Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:30 - Updated Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:31
"Green Recovery" to combat coronavirus, says UN Secretary-General
While the world is in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments around the world to take steps to protect the world from both the virus and climate disruption.
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UN secretary general António Guterres,
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The impact of the coronavirus is both immediate and dreadful. But, there is another deep emergency — the planet’s unfolding environmental crisis. Biodiversity is in steep decline. Climate disruption is approaching a point of no return,” said Antonio Guterres in a statement to mark Earth Day 2020, which is also the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
“We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption. The current crisis is an unprecedented wake-up call. We need to turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future,” he added.
The former Prime Minister of Portugal, who took over the top UN office in January 2017, also proposed six climate-related actions as the way forward. The proposals were centred around green jobs, sustainable growth, ‘grey to green’ economy and on incorporating climate risks and opportunities into the financial system and public policy.
“Public funds should be used to invest in the future, not the past, and flow to sustainable sectors and projects that help the environment and the climate. Fossil fuel subsidies must end and polluters must start paying for their pollution,” said the statement. “Greenhouse gases, just like viruses, do not respect national boundaries. On this Earth Day, please join me in demanding a healthy and resilient future for people and planet alike.”
How green logistics could play an important role in the near future?
A crucial component in combating climate change is green logistics. The need for sustainable logistics will only increase going forward as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed logistics to the center of attention. The world is heavily dependent on logistics today.
For example, when the coronavirus was spreading in China, Cainiao, Alibaba’s green logistics arm, was at the forefront by delivering the necessary drugs and medical equipment to the needy in the most efficient and eco-friendly way.
Going forward companies will aggressively shift to more sustainable logistics by using eco-friendly and recycled packaging, optimizing routes using tech to reduce emissions and fuel consumption and also using electric transportation to manage their logistics operations.
Green logistics is catching up across the globe and implementing sustainable logistics strategies will be crucial in the days to come so as to reduce environmental impact.
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