The COVID-19 pandemic: environmental inequality and intergenerational equity

COVID-19 is considered the largest global public health crisis in a century. However, not only has it presented daunting health challenges, but it has ruined the global economy

COVID-19 is considered the largest global public health crisis in a century. And it has not only presented health problems, but also affected the global economy.

This notwithstanding, it seems as though the environment may be the winner once the dust settles. The slump in oil prices, predicated on a virtual halt in air travel, vehicular movement and industrial production, has eased the pressure on the environment, creating a significant reduction in pollution.

On Wednesday 8 July 2020, John Darko, a lecturer at the GIMPA Faculty of Law, delivered via Zoom the tenth session of the GIMPA Law and Ethics Web Series. His talk was on the theme “Environmental Inequality and Intergenerational Equity in the Wake of COVID-19: Looking for a Pearl in a Pile of Trash”.

At the end of the session, it was suggested that the otherwise dangerous pandemic is having a positive impact on the environment.

It was also clear that the COVID-19 pandemic presents the current generation with an opportunity to bequeath a better world to the next generation.

There is therefore a need to sustain this positive impact, especially for those otherwise affected by environmental hazards, in order to safeguard the environment and thereby help future generations to meet their own environmental requirements.

Click on the link below to read the full policy statement by the GIMPA Law Faculty.

GIMPA Law & Ethics Policy Paper Volume 1, Issue 10 (2)

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