The pandemic has given us a hint of what’s possible when humans let nature breathe, but it’s also shown us the limitations of individual actions. Abandoning cars and planes won’t save the planet—not when governments give major polluters a free pass. And we can’t save lives if these institutions don’t start treating climate change as the emergency it is.
The heat wave is a desperate outcry from the Earth to remind us of its wrath. Fossil fuel giants think they’re powerful, but they can trust the planet to show them a true unforgiving force. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable will always be the victims.