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The outbreak of COVID19 is sweeping across the world. Many of us feel like we are in a constant state of both overreacting and underreacting at the same time, while we wait for things to calm down. But many are already discussing the impact that this will have on the environment, and how isolated communities will be able to cope.

This year’s COP26 climate talks, which are touted the most important talks after the Paris Agreement, could be canceled because of travel restrictions. The UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany, has canceled all physical meetings through the end of April and is weighing what to do about a series of regional climate negotiations. This has led many to questions the long-term impacts of the crisis on the natural environment.

Since the outbreak, factories in major affected areas, including China, were shut down. According to China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the average number of “good quality air days” rose by 21.5% in February compared to the same period in 2019. Satellite images from the European Space Agency and NASA depict a dramatic fall in nitrogen dioxide emissions, especially those released by power plants, industries, and vehicles. This means there will be a dramatic fall in greenhouse gas emissions this year, but at what cost?

Island communities have seen the value of remote working and digital connections long before this pandemic, as ways of bringing in new job and education opportunities and reducing outward migration. Last year we featured the island of Arranmore, which has Ireland’s fastest internet and used it as a tool to bring in new families to move in. Now we are seeing many communities forced to shut themselves off to the outside world, from Scotland to the Australian outback, but still being able to stay connected with the power of the internet.

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Taylor Mills

Taylor Mills

Marketing Startegist

Taylor is a marketing strategist who helps entrepreneurs monetize their personal stories, skills, and experiences so they can impact others and create freedom for themselves. She is a multilingual graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has professional experience in Latin America, Europe, the U.S., and Asia producing sales and marketing campaigns for a range of clients–from small organizations to hypergrowth tech and Fortune 500 companies.Taylor is a full-time traveling entrepreneur, born and raised in Los Angeles. She’s lived in 8 cities on 4 continents and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She loves exploring languages & cultures, discovering new perspectives, and building meaningful relationships.

Isabel Godoy

Isabel Godoy

Ambassador Coordinator

Isabel Godoy is a Public Administrator and Political Scientist from the University of San Sebastián, Chile. She was a university student leader and participated with different international youth organizations related to the UN and SDG. She was a Pacific Alliance Fellow at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo in Mexico and Erasmus student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Romania.

Experience managing and planning projects. Highly proactive and creative, awarded multiple times by universities of three countries for researching and working on projects for international relationships and sustainable development. Easily adapts to change, looking for challenges, and delivering high-quality results in every task.
She lived her childhood on Navarino Island (Puerto Williams), the southernmost city in the world, there she learned to adapt to adverse and extreme conditions, be creative with limited resources, appreciate the meaning of living in community, which has led to her love of the outdoors and passion for environmental protection, which drew her to link with Island Innovation.

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