International quarantine efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 have made this is a pretty unusual Earth Day. Factory closures and and fewer cars on the road have seen air quality improving around the world. At the same time, Inger Andersen — the head of the UN Environment Programme — cautions us against celebrating environmental improvements that come on the back of tragic economic slowdown and human distress.
Anderson instead calls instead for a profound, systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. This perspective is echoed in a recent op-ed in the National Observer by Foresight CEO Jeanette Jackson and CSI’s Director of Programs Barnabe Geis. The two point out that we now have the chance to create a green economy powered by clean energy and enabled by clean technology.
One way CSI’s Climate Ventures is working to build a New Green Economy is through Earth Tech, a six-month accelerator for those working on climate or freshwater technology solutions that will positively impact communities and ecosystems across Canada.
We reached out to Earth Tech participants to ask them what’s motivating them during these trying times, and what’s one positive thing they hope will come out of this crisis. We found their answers informative and inspiring.
Patricia Gomez of Clean Nature:
Do you have a product, service, or strategy to help tackle the climate crisis and put people and planet first? Climate Ventures provides coworking, community, and programs to accelerate your success and amplify your impact.