It has been impressive to see how the Canadian government has responded to COVID-19. It’s a crisis of epic magnitude and has sent tremors through every province and territory resulting in unthinkable pain and loss for millions of people in Canada around the world.
As we watch Prime Minister Trudeau put forward comprehensive, never-seen-before levels of economic stimulus and relief, we’re wondering what lessons might this crisis response teach us for how we approach the climate crisis?
Leah Stokes, a Canadian political scientist who teaches at UC Santa Barbara, told the Los Angeles Times, “it suddenly becomes really questionable why there’s never any money to deal with this [climate] crisis.";
The LA Times is a good read and highlights the important role government and policy play in addressing national and global crises that can’t be effectively tackled at regional levels alone.