"Denying the severity of a crisis neither removes nor lessens the problem.
Sticking to the status quo because it doesn’t suit our work practices, or
social and economic norms, not only delays the inevitable, it compounds the
The crisis, whether a pandemic or climate change, must dictate the timetable.
Given the urgency of the crises we face, that timetable needs to be equally
urgent. The world needs much more regular reporting on progress (or lack of it)
for action and adaptation to keep pace.
Society’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis demonstrated the ability of
citizens and governments to adapt rapidly when provided with information daily.
The chronic crises of climate change and biodiversity loss require similar
treatment: global assessments should be published annually, not once every few
The pace of the pandemic, with half-a-billion people infected and over six
million deaths to date, demanded daily epidemiological data from the outset to
manage the response. Failures in timely or accurate monitoring and reporting,
and naïve responses, led to more deaths and illness, and many suffering with
long COVID for years.
Nature will not wait for changes in scientific knowledge or public opinion, nor
for electoral cycles to shift politicians’ priorities. The lessons of the
pandemic should now be applied to other global crises."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics