“And tomorrow, double or nothing for the environment?”
To mark Earth Day (22 April), which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year on the theme of climate action, Veolia has launched the “Wednesday events” with the foresight magazine Usbek & Rica: a series of interviews with experts on the theme “And tomorrow: double or nothing for ecology?”
These reflections cut across political, social and environmental approaches: they will question the place of the ecological crisis we are experiencing in view of the present unprecedented health and economic crisis.
Veolia is working to devise “the world afterwards”: at a time when the global economy has been brought to a halt by the Covid-19 pandemic, all eyes are already turning to the “world afterwards”, but with contradictory injunctions. On one hand, production and consumption systems need to be reactivated in order to cushion the economic crisis. On the other hand, a radical paradigm shift calls for a more sober economy. Scientists believe that pandemics will recur if we do not put an end to our ecocidal practices. Our model of society must change. We have to ensure that economic recovery does not wipe out all our efforts to protect the planet. The environmental crisis must galvanize us as much as the health crisis.