#DearWorldLive: How the Coronavirus Helps — and Hurts — the Climate Crisis

May 5, 2020

On this episode of #DearWorldLive, we explore the relationship between the coronavirus and the climate crisis and ask how we can protect the environment in a post-COVID world.

The novel coronavirus changed our actions, and the world, overnight. The effects on the planet were immediate: Our air became clearer, our seas became cleaner. But will we learn our lesson when the pandemic is over?

#DearWorldLive is a new online discussion show from Doha Debates, hosted by Doha Debates’ correspondent and Course Correction host Nelufar Hedayat. Each weekly episode focuses on a different aspect of the coronavirus and its impact on our lives and our world.

How to Participate:

Doha Debates always wants to engage with and hear from young people around the world — like you! Watch live Tuesday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Doha on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Livestream viewers can participate and be featured in the show by submitting comments and questions with the hashtag #DearWorldLive.

Find the time in your city here. 

Want to be a student guest on a future show? Email us at connect@dohadebates.com to be added to the list. 

Our Participants

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a scientist and environmental activist. Originally trained as a physicist, she has dedicated the last five decades to service of the Earth, women and small farmers. Dr. Shiva created a grassroots movement, Navdanya, to save seeds, protect farmers’ rights and promote traditional organic farming methods that increase nutrition and income, thus reducing hunger and poverty. Her book, Soil Not Oil, shows how fossil-fuel-based industrial agriculture contributes to climate change, and how biodiverse organic farming is a solution. She has pointed out the contradictions brought by globalization from a viewpoint of marginalized people and women, and has fought against biopiracy.

Dr. Zeke Hausfather

Dr. Zeke Hausfather is a climate scientist and the director of Climate and Energy at the Breakthrough Institute in California. He spent 10 years working as a scientist and entrepreneur in the clean tech sector. He also worked as a research scientist with Berkeley Earth, was the senior climate analyst at Project Drawdown and the U.S. analyst for Carbon Brief. He has master’s degrees in environmental science from Yale University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in climate science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Nelufar Hedayat

Award–winning journalist and documentary maker