These concerns are contained in the WEF report, which shows the fear that some countries will not integrate the paris agreement targets into recovery programmes, precisely with the aim of facilitating the economic activity they want to revitalise. At the same time, the postponement to next year of the United Nations climate and biodiversity conferences did not help in any way the purpose of consolidating government objectives and commitments.
Nevertheless, there are windows of opportunity that can be used, in particular the fact that new forms of remote work have been successfully tested, which could contribute to a reduction in commuting to employment. The use of bicycles — especially electric ones to allow use over longer distances on the way to work — is one of the solutions that could grow, given the apprehension of populations in using public transport due to fear of contagion, according to analysts such as Simon Kuper, a journalist for the Financial Times.
Technology — at all gas, but with reserves
How would isolation have been without the use of technology? This was the question that crossed everyone’s mind when suddenly the workplace became at home, with the children at the school that worked in the next room. Meetings through virtual platforms, video calls replacing meetings, mobile-mediated family lunches and online shopping. All this became normal during quarantine, with technology proving to be decisive for the management of the crisis caused by coronavirus. However, here too, there are some issues to be paid attention, particularly in the area of cybersecurity, to which no one seems to have been immune. Who itself Revealed have been targeted by five times more cyberattacks than in the same period last year, calling for increased surveillance. On the other hand, around 50% of risk managers surveyed for the WEF report argue that this is a concern raised by the pandemic for the companies in which they work.
A Document produced in March on this topic, deloitte points out dangers in this dimension, namely the increase in malicious cyber attacks (phishing and ransomware, among others) in research related to the covid-19 theme, contributing to more personal computers and infected mobile phones; increased exposure and vulnerability of organizations, due to the increase in telework and distance classes or more computer hackers as a result of increased unemployment and widespread crisis, among others.
While it is true that the focus on technology may have allowed some lost jobs to be counterbalanced, since many others have been created or consolidated in this rapidly growing area, it is also known that dependence on technology tends to accentuate social inequalities. For example, those who have difficulty adopting new technologies will be more easily excluded from the labor market or even from the maintenance of social relations at a distance. We must also reflect on the effects that will have on younger generations the sudden use and abuse of technologies, now authorized and even encouraged by parents and teachers. Or did the only thing the pandemic did was introduce us to the future earlier?
These are just some of the many issues that we will discuss in the Observer. Eyes on the future. Here, yes, we will try to make the presentations of what may be to come, with the support of experts who know what they are talking about, armed with the latest evidence on the subject. We count on you and your doubts to observe the future together.
This content is authored by Andreia Vieira