COVID-19 pandemic adds urgency to fight against climate change: Mark Carney

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Move to sustainable economy offers ‘huge economic opportunity,’ former Bank of Canada governor says. Former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney says the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic could build momentum for a collaborative approach to the other great global crisis: climate change. In an interview on CBC’s Rosemary Barton Live airing Sunday, Carney said the fact that virtually no country has escaped the health and economic effects of the coronavirus is leading to a broader recognition that global problems require collective solutions. “We can’t self-isolate from climate change,” Carney told host Rosemary Barton. “Ultimately, we’ll all be affected. So we all have to act.” His comments come as Canada and the world mark one year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries shut down schools and workplaces, closed borders to travellers, procured massive amounts of personal protective equipment and enforced public health measures, such as physical distancing, to contain the virus.

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