Coronavirus and climate disasters: Small vulnerable countries face dual threat
The widespread destruction wreaked by Tropical Cyclone Harold in several Pacific countries just days ago has been nothing short of heart-breaking. At least 32 people have died, while more than 45,000 men, women and children in Vanuatu’s hardest-hit province, Sanma, are now homeless.
In Tonga, hundreds of businesses and homes were gutted, while Fiji has recorded more than $20 million worth of damage to crops, raising fears around food security.
Sadly, such super storms are occurring with increasing and distressing frequency in the region. Powerful Category 5 cyclones – the strongest on the South Pacific scale – have descended almost every year since 2014, costing an estimated $2 billion in total damages.
Building long-term resilience on multiple fronts has become even more pressing, with the COVID-19 pandemic now contributing to a perilous combination of threats in the region.
Not only has the cyclone exacerbated the risk of exposure to the disease, but measures to protect against COVID-19 are, in turn, hampering cyclone recovery. In Vanuatu for instance, urgent relief supplies from overseas must sit untouched for three days at the airport to prevent possible contamination….
6 Tangible Ways To Remain Emotionally Resilient During The Coronavirus
Amid the global pandemic, strengthening our resilience muscle has never been so important—in a time of uncertainty and crisis, it’s more crucial now than ever to remain mentally and emotionally tough.
That’s exactly why we consulted Ryan Holiday, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Stillness Is the Key, on this episode of the mindbodygreen podcast. Holiday frequently finds inspiration from people who remain resilient and endure the unexpected (it’s why he’s so drawn to philosophers, as many were exiled or ostracized from society). When asked how we can strengthen our resilience during this time, he quotes Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield: “There are six things that I could do right now, all of which will help make things better. There’s no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.”
With respect to Hadfield, Holiday discovers six things we can do right now to help make the time of the coronavirus “better,” particularly for your mental health. These tips can help you endure the uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic; who knows—you might even emerge from the experience a stronger, more self-aware being…