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Tackling climate change and staying happy during COVID-19: this week's World Vs Virus podcast

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International, USA speaking in the Financing the Net-Zero Economy at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 January. Congress Centre - (MV) Issue Briefing Room. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos. Image: World Economic Forum

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"Dealing with climate changes isn't a luxury. Dealing with climate change is a life and death issue and it has massive economic consequences," Jennifer Morgan tells this week's World Vs Virus podcast.

The head of Greenpeace International has spent decades campaigning for action to combat global warming, but just as it was starting to look like change might be coming, the world's attention has turned to another global crisis, COVID-19. Will people give up on climate change? Morgan thinks not.

The rapid global response to the virus outbreak, she said, "tells us that when we listen to the science and we understand what's at stake and the risks of what's at stake, and we have clarity on what we need to do, we can tackle and address these big issues, these crises.

"And on climate change we know what the problem is. We know the people who are being impacted by it. We know what the solutions are. I think the key is to put the health of people and the planet first. And that's what's happening on COVID-19 and that's what has not yet happened on climate change in many cases."

This episode also features Laurie Santos, psychologist and podcaster affectionately known as Yale's 'professor of happiness'. Prof. Santos gives us three key tips on mental wellbeing during COVID: stay social, help others, and live in the 'now'. She also explains why scenes of people fighting over toilet rolls in the supermarket are the exception, not the rule, as people tend to become less selfish during a crisis.

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Hosted by World Economic Forum editor Robin Pomeroy and published every week, the podcast puts the news in context with insights and analysis from top global experts in economics, technology, health and culture as well as the World Economic Forum’s reporters and editors.
Hosted by World Economic Forum editor Robin Pomeroy and published every week, the podcast puts the news in context with insights and analysis from top global experts in economics, technology, health and culture as well as the World Economic Forum’s reporters and editors. Image: World Economic Forum

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