Have a listen to this short podcast with Bill McKibbon and Elizabeth Kolbert commenting on the global pandemic and climate change. McKibbon is an American environmentalist, author, and Co-founder of 350.org and Kolbert a Pulitzer Prize-winning author for her book, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”. She has also written on environmentalism for some twenty years for The New Yorker magazine.
McKibbon talks about this time of coronavirus and how it “overlaps with bigger ongoing dramas on our planet” and how the “planet goes on, at least for now, goes on about its appointed mission” and how the mating wood frogs “have not thrown in the towel.”
Recognizing that the “big crisis of our time” is the climate crisis and that we are currently living during very sad times McKibbon speaks about how knowing that “we are a small part of something very, very, very large” helps him get through to the next day.
Kolbert and Mckibbon speak about the Trump and Obama administrations, the rollback on environmental regulations, changes made to fuel efficiency standards, the maximization of oil consumption, the Keystone Pipeline and the “out of control machine…doing damage fueling the climate crisis.”
The big question discussed here is how the decreased pollution levels during lockdown might affect the politics of climate change moving ahead.