The Pandemic Lens: Focusing across Time Scales for Local-Global Sustainability

Patterns (N Y). 2020 Nov 13;1(8):100147. doi: 10.1016/j.patter.2020.100147.


Humanity faces a series of challenges over a range of timescales from minutes to centuries that are relevant to our sustainable development as a globally interconnected civilization. Our common survival at local-global levels depends on being able to understand the urgencies of exponential change across these timescales. The "Pandemic Lens" introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic gives us perspective to operate with informed short-term to long-term decision making for the benefit of all on Earth across generations.

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