“April is the cruelest month.”–T.S. Eliot, “The Wasteland,” 1922
COVID-19 has now violently emerged, alongside the Climate Emergency, as an existential threat. Our health, economic livelihoods, climate stability, democracy—our very survival as a human species—are under attack.
If we’re going to survive this pandemic, and avoid the pandemics lying in wait, if we’re going to avoid the greatest pandemic of them all looming on the horizon—runaway global warming and catastrophic climate change—we need to take control of our destiny and build a new Green Commonwealth that is regenerative, rather than degenerative.
In his essay this week Ronnie Cummins talks about the origins of COVID-19, the potential dangers that lie ahead, and how the path to survival must include rethinking our food production systems, our healthcare system and our political system.
“It’s time to admit that low-grade industrial food, air pollution, environmental and occupational hazards, and lack of access to healthy food and medical care give rise to the 'pre-existing medical conditions' that enable COVID-19 and other chronic diseases to kill people before their time.”