lessons from corona
there is nothing good about pandemics.
OUR WORK IS AN ATTEMPT TO LEARN FROM THIS CRISIS, SO THE SUFFERING WAS NOT IN VAIN. we need to talk about the world after corona, or others will force their version onto all of us. collected here are some impulses that could leaD into a more just and stable future.
data to support constructive discourse about the world after corona, published on 03rd MAY 2020 with the most current research and numbers available at the time.
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FABIAN F. FUCHS
At the time of writing, information on the Coronavirus Crisis grows and changes almost by the hour. Therefore, we stamped our films and images with the time of publication. We researched our numbers with due diligence, but given the uncertainty of the topics, contradicting information exists. We chose the sources we thought most authoritative on the given subject. Below are the claims used in our material with source reference provided for each number.
THE U.K. NEEDED 250.000 VOLUNTEERS.
APPLICATIONS HAD TO BE PAUSED AT 750.000
The BBC reported how shortly after the UK government opened their registration platform for the 'Volunteer Army', with the goal of recruiting 250,000 volunteers in Corona relief efforts, the platform had registered over 750,000 applications and had to be paused in order to prevent processing overload.
OVER 100 COUNTRIES WILL COLLABORATE, NOT COMPETE, IN A COVID-19 TREATMENT TRIAL, REDUCING TIME BY 80%
The WHO has successfully united over 100 countries in the 'Solidarity Trial'. The most promising existent medications for treatment of Covid-19 will be tested and results shared globally, instead of isolated competition, thereby reducing the necessary time for trials to be completed by a staggering 80%.
U.S. SENATORS PROPOSE UP TO US$ 25.000 PAY RISE FOR ‘ESSENTIAL WORKERS’
Forbes, along with most established US media, have reported on US senators considering a rise in 'hazard pay' of up to US$ 25K to those considered 'essential workers'.
DENMARK BANS TAX-AVOIDING COMPANIES FROM CORONA BAILOUT
Amid calls for other European governments to follow suit, the Danish have made the first step towards a more just and fair distribution of financial help in the Corona crisis, excluding companies who have registered in tax havens in order to avoid paying local taxes.
RUSSIA TAXES WEALTHY BANK ACCOUNTS AND DIVIDENDS TO FINANCE THE CRISIS.
Russia is going against the grain of most other governments by raising taxes to finance their expenses in the Corona crisis, targeting filled bank accounts and stock dividend payments, also those paid to bank accounts registered in other countries.
151 COUNTRIES HAVE TAKEN SOCIAL PROTECTION MEASURES AGAINST CORONA
Ongoing research by analysts at the World Bank and Unicef is tracking the measures taken to react to the Corona crisis by governments.
FULL INSURANCE PAYMENTS TO WORKERS EMERGED AS THE BEST LOCKDOWN POLICY
Research published by the Economics department of MIT Cambridge found that full insurance payments to workers affected by Corona closures, furloughs and layoffs is the best short-term policy.
OVER 50% OF U.K. CITIZENS NOW SUPPORT PERMANENT UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
A YouGov poll found that over 50% of their poll sample were either very supportive or supportive of a permanent universal basic income with guaranteed minimum income as a measure against the destabilising impact of Corona.
EVEN THE POPE PROPOSEd UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
In an Easter Sunday letter to leaders of popular movements and organizations, the Pope wrote: “This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out. It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights,”
HIGH AIR POLLUTION EXPOSURE INCREASES COVID-19 MORTALITY BY 19%
A Harvard published statistical paper has revealed that heightened exposure to fine particle matter air pollution is directly and strongly related to an increased Covid-19 mortality.
MASS ANIMAL FARMING INCREASES THE RISK AND SPREAD OF PANDEMICS
Research published in Frontiers of Veterinary Science has directly linked the mutation and following outbreak of Flu Viruses to mass poultry farming. In her Guardian article, Laura Spinney also mentions a wealth of research, including Wallace's 2016 milestone Big Farms Make Big Flu.
CORONA LOCKDOWN COULD TRIGGER THE LARGEST FALL IN CO2 EMISSIONS OF ALL TIME
Research by Carbonbrief shows that Corona has already lead to an unprecedented drop in CO2-Emissions and will likely cause the biggest fall in cumulative emissions in the entirety of recorded history. This being said, the projected drop is, at 5,5%, still smaller than the necessary 7.6% of annual output reduction that would be necessary to contain global warming at 1.5%
CORONA HAS CREATED AN INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE BOOM
Bicycle sales are booming from Australia to Europe and the U.S. Bike traffic increased by over 50% in borroughs of New York. Many European cities are using the temporary drastic traffic reductions to transform cities, quickly introducing bike lanes and bike-friendly legislation, to counter a possible surge in CO2 emissions once lockdowns are lifted.
GERMANY MIGHT REACH ITS CLIMATE GOALS IN 2020 BECAUSE OF CORONA
Berlin based energy think tank Agora have shown that Germany could, for the first time since their existence, reach its self-created climate goals due to the pollution reductions related to the Corona crisis.
MINISTERS FROM MAJOR ECONOMIES WILL PUT GREEN ENERGY AT THE CENTER OF POST-CORONA RECOVERY
Denmark have pushed an initiative of uniting energy ministers from most major economies to make plans of how to put green energy at the center of post-Corona recovery. The U.S. and China were notably absent.
well, we had all our projects cancelled or postponed, got quarantined or lockdowned and wanted to do something productive with our time.
also, we share the intense desire that the world may learn more than just hygiene from this crisis.
we wanted to contribute what little we can so when we eventually leave this behind, we don't go back to the same destructive system of capitalist economies running at breakneck speed, global dependencies and most of us with little to no savings or securities to make it through a few months of standstill.
we are relatively young. with the coming times of climate change and global disruption, this won't be the only breakdown of our lifetimes.
we don't want to sit there, 10 or 20 years down the line, when it all happens again, and wonder: could we have done something to learn from this crisis? to build a better, more secure and stable, social and responsible future?
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