Making waves in resilience: Drawing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for advancing sustainable development

Tom van der Voorn*, Caroline van den Berg, Jaco Quist, Kasper Kok

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected societies across the world while its economic impact has cut deeper than any recession since the Second World War. Climate change is potentially an even more disruptive and complex global challenge. Climate change could cause social and economic damage far larger than that caused by COVID-19. The current pandemic has highlighted the extent to which societies need to prepare for disruptive global environmental crises. Although the dynamics of combating COVID-19 and climate change are different, the priorities for action are the same: behavioral change, international cooperation to manage shared challenges, and technology's role in advancing solutions. For a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis to be durable and resilient, a return to ‘business as usual’ and the subsequent often environmentally destructive economic activities must be avoided as they have significantly contributed to climate change. To avoid this, we draw lessons from the experiences of the waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond to advance sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100171
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Research in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Climate change
  • Covid-19
  • Pandemic recovery
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability


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