Excerpt: The global experience – and response – to COVID19 is the latest example of history repeating itself.

Very rarely have we experienced events – at least in this era of modernity – that are entirely unprecedented in human history. The epidemics, pandemics and catastrophes that catch us off-guard are often because they are new to our lifetimesexperienced in a new domain, or just simply unexpected.

In the conversation of how to stop the spread of disease, protect ourselves, and put an end to the crippling socio-economic effects of this virus, there is an eerie precedent in the history of climate action.

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