BANGKOK: Earlier this month, a group of diplomats, politicians and journalists gathered at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok to discuss an issue of global importance – how to manage a green recovery from COVID-19. This year was meant to be a critical year, they argued, for tackling climate change, where big decisions would be made and transformative policies imagined to avoid future calamity. Instead, they noted that major climate conferences had been postponed and a crisis of potentially staggering magnitude had drifted back to being tomorrow's problem. The event, hosted by the embassy, looked to discuss the ways Thailand could stay on a green path, despite the impacts of the pandemic. It is an issue countries around the world are grappling with. READ: 'We have upset the balance of nature', Thai environment minister warns amid green recovery efforts from pandemic The pandemic has brought unforeseeable economic and social stress across the world. Despite that, some experts believe it has also brought a timely opportunity – a big reset button that could recalibrate government action on the environment and climate. However, pre-pandemic budget constraints and business-as-usual policymaking have been obstacles to making the changes needed to mitigate the temperature increases, sea level… Read full this story
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