Pablo Loayza, a fellow in the UC Davis Office of Strategic Communications department, spoke with Austin Brown, executive director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, about his take on meaningful environmental policy during and following the current pandemic.
Shelter-in-place mandates due to COVID-19 may have reduced our travel related emissions, but Austin says this is not a sustainable method and we instead need structural change to be developed during recovery. Incentives and spending in California to protect against climate change will be limited in the short-term and business as usual policy actions will delay important environmental actions.
Looking at recovery from the transportation impacts COVID-19 induced, Austin emphasizes the need, possibility and motivation of reclaiming the transportation system.
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