World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise awareness and to encourage action to protect the environment. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s event is the first digital World Environment Day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the disadvantages of city life. Dense populations, polluted air and a heavy reliance on public transportation are among the conditions allowing the current pandemic to spread.
We are entering a new way of working and collaborating at the IEC this year given the global COVID-19 issues we are all facing. It’s certainly an unprecedented situation and one that comes with many different emotions, stresses and ways of coping.
In many countries, teleworking has become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the internet and electricity, there is very little that can’t be done from home, although online video conferencing is not really a sustainable alternative to face-to-face meetings.
With the spread of the coronavirus and the constraints it has generated, innovative solutions using technologies have been introduced. Drones are one example of a technology that has provided services when physical distancing has become the norm.
Italian clinicians have been using robots to check on COVID-19 patients in the worst affected region of Italy. The robots are equipped with a camera, which allows medical staff to keep an eye on their patients and medical monitors.