COVID-19 has disrupted society’s interconnected economies and social structures. But, what the pandemic has brought is nothing compared to what can happen if global warming continues to increase.

If the planet warms beyond 1.5°C, the marine ecosystem falls apart. This can lead to multiple outcomes, from flooding to fish extinction. People won’t have easy access to food security. If action won’t be taken, this can become a reality within 30 years.

The pandemic gives us a glimpse of how a compromised ecosystem can put everything out of balance. Both COVID-19 and climate change are pressing issues at hand, but policies can be made to solve them at the same time.

Financial and energy analysts named Celine Bak, Ralph Torrie, and Toby Heaps conducted a study on how to address net-zero emissions. According to them, a $10 billion yearly investment for the next 10 years can help the government create employment for more than 5 million years. This can be achieved by hiring workers to make green energy possible by 2030.

With the investment allotted for clean energy, creating resilient communities is within reach. Having green technologies will enable Canadians to save expenses on gasoline, electricity, and heating while jump-starting the economy with more job opportunities.