The Great Reset: 7 Environment and Sustainability Stories to Watch in 2021
2020 upended life as we know it.
The coronavirus killed almost 2 million people and counting, while roughly 100 million people fell into extreme poverty. The world entered its worst recession since the second world war. Deep-rooted racial and economic injustices were exposed, while the impacts of the pandemic itself fell disproportionately on communities of color. And these crises played out against the ever-present threat of climate change, including record-breaking fires, locust invasions, storms and other extreme weather events.
How the world resets after this unprecedented upheaval will define the year ahead and shape the course of history for years — even decades — to come. As Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy said of the pandemic, “it is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.”
The question for 2021 is: What kind of world are we entering?
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer addressed this question at Stories to Watch, WRI’s flagship event where he outlined the moments, trends and people that will affect the environment and international development in the year ahead. The stakes feel higher than ever before in 2021.
“By the end of this year, we will know what kind of civilization we really are,” Steer said.
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