Takeaways from 2020 Iowa Climate Statement: Will COVID-19 Lessons Help Us Survive Climate Change?


Maxwell Bernstein | October 7, 2020

The Iowa Climate Statement for 2020 is focused on the connections and lessons we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and applying this knowledge to fight against climate change. 

The three main lessons that the statement touches upon are: 

  1. “The best available science as described by professional organizations remains by far the most reliable source of information.” 
  2. “The cost of late action far outweighs the costs of prevention and preparation.” 
  3. “Building community resilience against multiple threats is critical, especially for the most vulnerable among us.” 

To mitigate the consequences of climate change, the climate statement talks about maximizing trust in expert opinion and reliable gathering of information, planning for potential future impacts that will be caused by the impacts of climate change, and reducing racial and social inequality. 

“These lessons show us that smart investments in public health and climate mitigation and adaptation will create more resilient communities and people,” said Eric Tate, Associate Professor of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa. “Building community resilience against multiple threats is critical, especially for the most vulnerable among us.”

The statement has 230 signatures from Iowa science faculty and researchers who represent 37 universities across Iowa.

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