OPINION

Now we know

We enter the new year with deep wounds and a bleak legacy from 2021, as natural disasters have exposed the shortcomings of environmental policy and civil protection, and the pandemic has cast a glaring light on the ailing public health system.

But now we know.

These painful lessons must serve as our guide in the way ahead so we can build a better health system and a more capable state that is not just able to protect lives and assets from the ravages of climate change, but will also move speedily ahead toward a growth-friendly green transition.

Saying “we can build” may sound like false hope; but this is what is demanded by our shared interests and lives.