Is COVID-19 pandemic a preview of our climate change future? (Virtual Meetup)

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We'll continue discussing the coronavirus pandemic. For the Eighth Session, we'll discuss whether this pandemic is a preview of what's to come if the current projections of climate change turns out to be true.

To that end, below is what we've discovered so far from the pandemic -- and these are the important questions that our society must rigorously examine:

• This pandemic has revealed the sobering reality of the true limits and vulnerabilities of human nature and our technology vs. the mightiness and dangers of the natural world.

• The potential reemergence of "prehistoric" plagues from rapid melting of the Arctic ice. This pandemic has revealed that our immune systems are highly vulnerable to any "novel" pathogens.

• Our society, cultural norms, institutions, infrastructure, and government were grossly unprepared for a global (let alone a nation-wide) crisis.

• Our society, institutions, infrastructure, and government are grossly under-prepared and ill-equipped for an adequate medical response.

• While some experts have been ringing the alarm bell for many years, many of our elected officials and society at large (myself included) were asleep behind the wheel -- some even outright downplayed the dangers. Only after the crisis had unfolded, we then found ourselves asking "how could this have happened? . . . I had no idea it would be this bad."

• FINALLY, assuming that the projections by the overwhelming majority of the experts in the scientific community are true, what can be done? Is it too late? Can the skeptics ever be convinced of the scientific data?

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Upcoming sessions:

▨ Lessons from History -- the similarities and differences from the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918.

▨ Individualism vs. Collectivism during a pandemic

▨ The politics of the pandemic response and how this will shape the 2020 elections.

▨ International cases and what COVID-19 means for foreign policy and relations.

▨ Where do we go from here?

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Past sessions:

▨ Session One: Sharing our stories about coping, readiness and survival.
(https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ Session Two: COVID-19: From Wuhan to Washington to everywhere
(https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ Session Three: TED Talks: Did Bill Gates predict COVID-19 in 2015?
(https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ Session Four: The Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus
(https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ Session Five: The $2.2 TRILLION stimulus and mega-bailout
(https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ Session Six: COVID-19 Lockdowns vs. Our Individual Freedoms
(https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ Session Seven: "The role of faith, spirituality and humanism during a pandemic." (https://www.meetup.co...)

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We'll limit the attendance to ten attendees for each session. Each event will be announced about two to three days beforehand.

New York, - USA

Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00 PM

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