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From the Editor

Angela McInnes | Interrobang | Opinion | November 13th, 2020

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It’s now or never.

That’s the takeaway of this year’s Sustainability Issue, where Interrobang’s writers took a moment to reflect on where humanity stands in terms of solving climate change.

To sum it up: If we’re going to make a change, it has to be now.

The Earth has shown signs of thriving thanks to recent lock - downs. In April, the BBC reported increased activity in wild animals due to the withdrawal of human interference in urban and conservation areas. Meanwhile, the head of the National Resources Defense Council noted that some of India’s population are seeing the Himalayas for the first time as air pollution has lifted.

However, with the news of an effective vaccine now in sight, what does the future hold for our planet once we resume our normal routines? More to the point, are there parts of our previous routines that can be left behind to make way for a better, more sustainable future?

COVID-19 is not the ideal reason to give Earth a break, but the scenario has delivered indisputable evidence that slowing down our lifestyles and industry is the only way to, quite literally, save the planet from ourselves.

True change comes down to leadership, and beyond that it comes down to our unwavering demand for improved environmental policies. Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel in the United States, but we all know this is only the beginning of a massive worldwide overhaul.

Don’t stop envisioning a greener future; especially when we’ve now seen for ourselves the difference a bit of change can make.

And so it goes,

Angela McInnes
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