Coronavirus has united us, the climate can too says MHK – 3FM

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 7:08am

By Aaron Ibanez – Local Democracy Reporter

An MHK says the Island’s response to Covid-19 shows it is capable of tackling the climate crisis.

Member for Douglas North Ralph Peake believes the current pandemic has united people, an effect which is also needed for urgent environmental challenges.

‘I think the opportunity is to use this crisis [coronavirus] and realise that we can achieve so much more by working together.

‘’It allows us to put aside our differences and really focus on what’s important.’

The initial total lockdown in March stopped all non-essential travel resulting in a temporary reduction in traffic.

For the Douglas North MHK, who has campaigned for regular air quality tests on the Island, he says ‘people have seen how good the air has been’ and in some cases ‘can even taste it.’

Mr Peake believes restrictions led to residents ‘breaking habit’ by working from home and are now opting for active travel options more often. 


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