Coronavirus: Pandemic ‘Reset’ May Help Fight Climate Change, Says Rainn Wilson | Climate news


The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for a “giant reset” that may allow us to step up our efforts to tackle climate change, actor Rainn Wilson told Sky News.

Best known for playing Dwight Schrute on the US version of The Office, he has more recently become involved in climate activism.

Wilson YouTube Series A silly guide to climate change was released earlier this year.

His activism led him to travel to Greenland to see firsthand the effects of climate change, as well as interview Greta Thunberg.

Wilson spoke to Sky News for our special program Climate After Covid: A Green Recovery?

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“Obviously, an international pandemic that is actively killing people is going to take priority – and it should be a priority,” he told Sky climate change correspondent Lisa Holland.

“But it’s not either or. Yes it’s a priority, but it’s not like “let’s forget about climate change, forget about racial justice and only work on the pandemic now”.

” No. We have to work on all of these things. If anything the pandemic can be, it is a test for humanity, working together to overcome problems of great luck, far-reaching, far-reaching, international in scope.

“We can do this as a human species inhabiting this planet.

“Not like the people of Bolivia, the Netherlands and Mongolia who all simply work in their small fiefdoms, but who work together internationally. ”

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Wilson said his activism started when he “realized I had to do something more than just a few angry tweets.”

“I was what I call a ‘slacktivist’. I knew it wasn’t going to cut him, ”he said.

Wilson said he wanted his show to be “weirdly uplifting.”

“We wanted to reach a new and younger audience on a very serious subject, with me kind of a dunce who is brought on the path to learn more,” he explained.

“The response was exactly what you expected. There are climate change deniers who all have their usual talking points, and people who are very worried.

“But what we were trying to do with this particular show was reach out to that middle demographic that might be confused, that might be in the middle, that might be on the fence. “

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Wilson said that after the coronavirus the world “really can’t afford to go back to normal,” adding: “This gives us an opportunity for a giant reset, a giant reboot of our priorities moving forward . ”

He said people “can make a difference” if enough people independently decide to take action.

“A person doesn’t tip the scales,” Wilson admitted.

However, he continued, “But maybe a thousand, ten thousand do it, then if a hundred thousand people all do the same thing.

“If a million people stop eating beef, if 10 million people start reducing their carbon footprint, if a hundred million people start changing their habits – start commuting with bikes instead of cars, all of a sudden we can see an impact. ”

Wilson expressed optimism that humanity will be able to avoid the worst impacts of global warming, citing engagement with the issue among young people as the source of this optimistic assessment.

“We have to step back, allow them to lead and it’s really inspiring, the number of young people who are behind the kind of drastic change humanity is going to have to make to solve this problem,” Wilson said.


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