Blog

15 April 2020

The thin line, between pushing out the virus, but not basic constitutional rights with it

We must be prepared to speak up and ask governments to ensure measures to contain the pandemic last no longer than absolutely necessary. Constant reminders to keep on social distancing are as much required now as calls on governments to re-establish all basic constitutional rights as soon as possible.
10 April 2020

Coronavirus and environmental justice in Washington, DC

In the US, the coronavirus lays pre-existing inequalities bare and shows that ecological destruction and marginalization go hand in hand. The Washington, DC area, like most of the country, is no stranger to wide disparities between the rich and the poor, between white people and people of color.
01 April 2020

Science, corona and climate change

The corona crisis put science in the spotlight. In the current situation, politicians turn to epidemiologists and virologists for advice – they have quickly advanced to become some of the most trusted persons in public life. This crisis provides us an opportunity to raise the profile of scientists defending other public goods, most notably a stable climate.
30 March 2020

A tale of two crises

While all eyes are focused on the ugly, virus-shaped beast stood squarely before us, a bigger, more vicious animal lurks behind. The climate crisis, already upon us, is impacting lives and ecosystems at an accelerating rate. Natural disasters are becoming worse and more frequent, changing weather patterns are causing crops to fail and rivers to run dry.
23 March 2020

The impact of the coronavirus on global meat supply chains

Meat and livestock futures markets are reaching a ten-year low due to concerns that the coronavirus may impact demand. It is too early for conclusive evidence, but this should signal the need to cut the volumes of meat supplied to the main consumer markets. However, it remains unknown how much demand will drop, and whether that reduction will last, leading to a long-term reduction in pressure on tropical forests.
20 March 2020

Food for thought

Since Mid-March our team is working from home. The corona crisis gives us ample food for thought and time to reflect on our current situation. We have decided to share some of our reflections – related to the situation, our work, and climate change – on this blog. The first post deals with the impulse of hoarding food and explains why this is unnecessary and unsustainable.