Impending Climate and Environmental Emergency, with No Easy “Vaccine”

In 2020, a crisis emanating from the nature dealt a heavy blow to the human society, sounding a wake-up call. 

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, this year’s World Environment Day, with the theme as “Time for Nature”, has a special focus on how to preserve and sustainably manage biodiversity. 

As the UNEP pointed out, climate change, extreme weather events, loss of genetic diversity in animal species caused by human activities have upset the delicate balance in nature, and fostered the nestling ground for the spread of viruses among animals and humans. 

The pandemic is reshaping the world. It has been a “total war” that calls for collective response and solidarity from all of us. As of now, there are more than 6.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and over 380,000 deaths.

As we are saddened and devastated by the imminent crisis, we keep wondering what the future will hold? When the next fatal crisis strikes, there may no longer be a "vaccine".

We need to reshape the relationship between man and nature.

From 2015 to 2019, the earth saw the hottest five years on record. Last year, Australia was ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in decades. Europe was hit by record heat wave, with some local temperature reaching 46 degrees Celsius. Tropical Cyclone Idai ravaged in Mozambique, as the floods spread inland and killed thousands of people.

Affected by human activities, one-quarter of mammals, one-eighth of birds and nearly half of plants are at risk of extinction on the globle. Over the past 30 years, half of the coral reefs on Earth have died due to climate change.

Action is urgently needed. It has been more than five decades since scientists first warned of unfolding climate and environmental crisis. The window of opportunity is closing. The price of inaction will be huge.

Turning crises into opportunities—Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) provides a fundamental solution to global climate and environmental governance.

By promoting energy transition and net zero emissions via decarbonizing the power sector, GEI will phase out fossil energy from the root and mitigate its existing impact on the climate and environment.

In this way, GEI can effectively tap into clean energy resources on a large scale, and facilitate an energy community that is green, low-carbon, interconnected, and jointly built and beneficial to all.

GEI provides a "green recovery" path to restore the balance with nature, with its goal consistent with the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, we appeal:

Time for Nature!

Time for GEI!