People in Chinese cities usually plagued by harmful air pollution are breathing far cleaner air. Boat‑free canals in Venice, Italy, have been clear enough to see fish.

And for the quarter of the global population now living under a coronavirus lockdown, a lack of cars and planes has made the world quieter and birdsong more apparent.

While there are signs of easing pressure on the environment, no credible environmentalists say the response forced by the pandemic is a solution for the challenges to the world.

Here the carbon price has stalled as the demand for NZU’s has fallen away as emissions have reduced. The time is right to now start the critical thinking of what a post-COVID19 world looks like for Aotearoa and our whanau!