WE HAVE a health emergency, a climate emergency, and mass migration/poverty.

South Korea has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside China. And in the Antarctic a temperature of more than 20°C (68°F) has been recorded for the first time on record, prompting fears of climate instability.

To beat COVID-19 we are told we should wash our hands for at least 20 seconds. Why 20 seconds? Why not 10 or 30?

Why do we have speed limits? Why are we allowed to drive at 10 per cent above the speed limit plus 2mph? If beating COVID-19 requires precision, why not to beat climate change?

At present, the Antarctic sea temperature is stable at -2°C. To enable creatures - from plankton, to coral, to starfish - to survive in it, they have a unique antifreeze/protein. To enable humans to survive, they have intelligence.

If hot water kills bugs, will a 2°C rise in global temperature kill humans?

To beat Hitler, we had rationing. And, from all bar traitors - from children, to the Land Army, to the trenches - we had teamwork.

In the war against COVID-19, panic buying is not teamwork. And neither is breaking speed limits in the war against climate change. Speed kills, and where "time is money" it equals greed and "panic driving", and should amount to environmental terrorism.

To win the war against COVID-19, we are told washing our hands is the most important single thing we can do. To win the war against climate change we must stop breaking speed limits. To beat viruses we need teamwork and vaccines. To save our planet, we need speed limiters, cycling and walking, and caring and sharing!

Allan Ramsay