By now, we’ve all seen the pictures of Venice’s crystal-clear canal waters and have pored over the infographics showing improved air quality over China during its lockdown. But what will happen when we all go back to work post-crisis? Will we return to our jet-set lifestyles and wasteful ways? Or has this crisis presented a real opportunity for investments that are good for the environment? Masja Zandbergen, the head of sustainability integration at Robeco, the international asset management company, thinks it is indeed an opportunity. She says that while it could merely be “green wishing”—the hope that there will be more sustainable investment—there has never been as good a chance to initiate substantial change.
“The response to this crisis is going to determine whether or not we can achieve this,” she says.