It is easy to draw conclusions about how climate change and COVID-19 have made us interconnected. More discomforting and important is to remember just how disconnected our experiences of both crises—and their political contexts—remain.
As the COVID recession freed us from the doctrine of fiscal restraint, other lessons for the climate crisis that we might have taken from the pandemic were disregarded.
Even at a glance, their resemblance is unmistakable—in the science they require, in the disruption they threaten, in the borders they mock, in the racial and economic distribution of their burdens. And to those willing to look closer, climate change and SARS-CoV-2 reveal yet more alarming structural and ecological similarities.