Offsetting The Coronavirus And Other Lessons For the Climate Crisis

The coronavirus outbreak demonstrates what happens when governments, companies, and people actually feel that our house is on fire. Here are five lessons we can learn from the coronavirus outbreak to help us in the fight against climate change.

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Lesson #1: Climate change is not (yet) a clear and present danger

Lesson #2: Fear > Hope when it comes to radical changes (Or: Fear works)

Lesson #3: The forces holding us from acting on climate change are VERY powerful

Lesson #4: We need to simplify the story of climate change

Lesson #5: Carbon offsetting makes no sense

Assistant Prof. at Parsons School of Design. My new book: Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis — A Strategic Design Approach