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Ricardo Lorenzetti reflected on the challenges that the coronavirus has raised in environmental matters

In an Instagram live together with Fundación Expoterra, a non-profit organization specialized in Environmental Law, Dr. Ricardo Lorenzetti reflected upon the main problems and perspectives that the pandemic has raised regarding the environment and climate change.

In this sense, he stressed that the current crisis “is the result of breaking the boundaries established by nature” and that this situation at hand has exposed the importance of installing “a systemic and global vision that allows progress towards a paradigm shift”. In addition, he pointed out the imperious need of “incorporating standards of sustainability in all areas”, a feasible possibility due to the fact this is a “historical moment, which brings the opportunity, especially for younger people and all those of us who have responsibilities, to raise a new flag, a flag of sustainable development”.

In conversation with Pablo Lorenzetti, coordinator and professor of Environmental Law of the UBA, and before the virtual assistance of 500 viewers in the account of @expoterra, the Justice of the Court and member of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment also remarked that “The best solution cannot be found in international organizations and treaties, where there have been several setbacks”, but in the involvement of the entire society, which becomes necessary. “These are times for citizen participation and for people to demand a change on a global scale”, he affirmed.

Regarding Argentina in particular, Lorenzetti claimed that our country has an enormous economic and social opportunity through the promotion of “a sustainable economy based on organic food, non-polluting tourism and renewable energy”, for which it will be important to have the support of credit agencies.

All in all, he assured that “nature has become scarce, becoming a weak subject, leading us to rethink the system and the need of regulating it completely, leaving our human interests aside”. Furthermore, he state that “an adequate solution for human health implies improving the health of the planet”.