Opinion | Finding the ‘New Normal’ for Workers After COVID-19

By: | May 28, 2020

Dan Reynolds is editor-in-chief of Risk & Insurance. He can be reached at [email protected]

As our May issue cover story by Jared Shelly illustrates, our work lives may never be the same post COVID-19.

As disturbing and, in too many cases, acutely painful as this pandemic has been, perhaps there is room for hope in that idea.

Scientists scoff at the notion that, in the short-term, so many fewer gasoline-powered automobiles being taken off the road as their owners stay home will mean fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a foot forward in the battle against climate change.

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But what about in the long-term? If we can cut our emissions by just 20%, that means one day a week working from home, wouldn’t that represent a positive step?

As we work to overcome the ravages of COVID-19, we must still address what we know to be the most fundamental threat to our existence: climate change.

Changing the way we do things is how we’re going to keep our coastal cities from going underwater and the residents of the western states from being driven out of their homes by wildfires.

COVID-19 is teaching us very painful lessons. We all mourn every life lost. But a shift is now underway, a shift that may show us a way forward in the climate change battle that, to date, almost looks unwinnable. &

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