A survey carried out by the World Economic Forum suggests climate change has now overtaken the pandemic as the biggest cause for concern globally, according to the experts.
This is where we’ve come to. Both Covid-19 and climate change have wreaked such havoc in recent years that we’re now officially ranking them as threats. Here’s one top 10 that Ed Sheeran is nowhere near.
If you’re living in the wealthy west and are relatively unscathed by the impacts of climate change, you may be surprised to hear that experts deem it a far bigger cause for concern than the pandemic.
Despite the fact that, somewhat ironically, there are no real restrictions in place to preserve the planet’s immediate health, the World Economic Forum and its network of experts state that the crisis must come into focus now.
Driven by growing governmental pressure – and no doubt the constant vigour of protestors – at Cop26, more than 84% of experts who filled out the WHO global risks survey underlined climate action failure, extreme weather, and biodiversity loss as humanity’s chief threats.
Prior to when the pandemic hit in late 2019, climate change held the top spot in the annual survey but results would have surely been different had data been collated months later.
The Global Risks Report 2022 by @wef identifies 5/10 of the most severe risks on a global scale over the next 10 years being environmental. Climate change is now the biggest global risk and it cannot be denied! pic.twitter.com/ljAli6AAfy
— @Dr Nomhle Ngwenya (PhD) 🌍 (@Nomhle_Global) January 11, 2022
Between 2017 and 2019, North Korea’s purported weapons of mass destruction caused the most global trepidation, though that’s fallen out of the list entirely since. Phew.