Healthy and sustainable future
What effect will the corona crisis have on our future?
That the coronacrisis is having an impact on our way of life can be felt by everyone right now. However, the coronavirus does not only have an impact on our way of life today, but also on our future. What do these viruses mean for the way we build healthy and sustainable cities? And what can we learn from dealing with the corona crisis, for how we deal with the climate crisis? Our scientists provide answers.
Urban nature pays dividends
With a deep recession on the horizon, there is a question emerging as to how we can stimulate the economy effectively. More nature in our cities is a cost-efficient, sustainable investment that creates job opportunities, enhances well-being and protects biodiversity.
The world after/with corona
It's wise to aim for resilience now. Corona was a test and we failed. But climate change is going to test the resilience of our society even more. An economy that ignores environmental problems such as the climate or nitrogen is working towards the next crisis. A resilient society looks ahead and anticipates, and accounts for disruption.
What influence does the climate have on the coronavirus?
Roel Vermeulen, environmental epidemiologist
"In Brabant, as in the north of Italy, the air quality is relatively poor. And both Brabant and northern Italy have been severely affected by the pandemic. So the link between air quality and the coronavirus was quickly established. However, it is still too early for such statements. "
Expertise: air quality | environmental epidemiology
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | (Twitter) @vrmlnroel
What impact does the corona crisis have on the climate?
Detlef van Vuuren, professor Geosciences
"The corona crisis will lead in the short term to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, but major transformations are needed to reduce emissions structurally".
Expertise: Climate change
Contact: +316 11 956 484 | email@example.com | (Twitter) @DetlefvanVuuren
Peter Bijl, climate researcher
"In the corona crisis, it was immediately clear that it was serious because the government was taking measures. The moment the government doesn't do as it did with the climate crisis, the idea emerges that nothing is wrong".
Expertise: climate development
In the media: The Pliocene is the Wuhan of the climate crisis
Contact: +31 644974474 | firstname.lastname@example.org | (Twitter) @peterbijlWilkes
Guus Velders, professor air quality
"As a result of the corona crisis, air quality in the Netherlands is no better than in previous years, but without the measures the concentration would have been even higher."
Expertise: air quality | climate action
Contact: +31 30 253 3275 | email@example.com | (Twitter) @GuusVelders
What effect can the corona crisis have on a sustainable policy?
Rens van Tilburg, director Sustainable Finance Lab
"The government's aim is to pick up the thread as soon as possible. They're aimed at preserving what we have. But do we want to keep it or should we link the actions to the transitions we've been working on?"
Expertise: sustainable transition
Contact: R.vanTilburg@uu.nl | (Twitter) @RensvanTilburg
Sanne Akerboom, research energy transitions
"For a sustainable future, we currently have a better package of government measures than during the 2008/2009 crisis. This time we are focusing on green recovery and not just on recovery."
Expertise: energy transitions
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | (Twitter) @SanneAkerboom
Johan Schot, professor sustainable transitions
"The corona crisis questions our current way of doing things and creates opportunities for alternative ways of doing things because they become more relevant."
Expertise: system change | innovation policy
In de media: conversations on COVID-19: consequences for the second deep transition and the sustainability revolution
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Mark Sanders, senior lecturer on sustainable economic growth
"After Corona, let's be fully committed to investing in energy networks, sustainable generation, electric driving and more of all that beauty. If we're going to spend billions, we'd rather not spend it on yesterday's fossil economy."
Expertise: sustainable economic growth
What lessons for a healthy future can we learn from the corona crisis?
Karlijn van den Broek, environmental psychology researcher
"Individual behavior is crucial to contain a crisis. Yet people often think that their environmental behaviour makes no difference because they are just an individual. But like the coronavirus, environmental behavior can be contagious."
Expertise: environmental psychology
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | (Twitter) @DrKarlijn
Maarten Hajer, professor Urban Futures
"The corona crisis may cause us to do what we've already had to do."
Expertise: healthy urban living | climate change
In the media: Sustainability in times of corona
Contact: +31 30 253 5426 | email@example.com | (Twitter) @maartenhajer