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Climate Reality and the Coronavirus

Climate Reality and the Coronavirus

24 March, 2020

We face the same question as everyone else right now: How can you continue with business as usual with the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world? Here at Climate Reality, we live in the same world you do and face the same challenges with the coronavirus pandemic.

We recognize that for many, the existential threat of climate change has had to take a back seat for the moment, as people deal with immediate priorities like the health of their families, new economic anxiety, and massive disruptions to everything we knew as normal.

One of the many tragedies of this pandemic is how it deepens inequality across society, hitting poor families and frontline communities the hardest. For those facing very real hardships and struggles as a result and those waiting anxiously for a loved one in a hospital bed, our hearts are with you.

Our challenge now is to carry the gravity of the pandemic with us while continuing our work to solve the climate crisis and create a truly just and healthy future for all. We are moving on from business as usual to follow public health recommendations and do our part to help flatten the curve. Our offices are closed, but our staff is working remotely so they can practice appropriate social distancing and be with their families during this time. We've had to postpone two major events –our Climate Reality Leadership Corps activist trainings in Las Vegas and San Antonio –on the advice of health experts to protect thousands of attendees and staff. Our chapters and branches have cancelled in-person meetings and moved to online events.

In this spirit, we'll also be rolling out new opportunities for people to remotely and safely join us in working for the change we need. If the pandemic has anything approaching useful to give us, it's this: A reminder of what's really important. A not-so-gentle nudge to step back and see the big picture. To hug our children extra tight. To call our parents. To forgive our friends for that one time. With the threat of coronavirus outside our doors, we are still working to give our children a better world to live in.

After all, our future depends on it.