The pandemic has captured the world’s attention, from citizens to policy makers, businesses to financial institutions. And while cities work to flatten the curve and return to some sense of normalcy, we are coming to accept that the world we return to will undoubtedly look very different from the one we’ve left behind. The impact of this pandemic will be felt for years to come – on the economy, on people and on our way of life.
50 percent of the world’s population already lives below the poverty line. And the IMF estimates from 2020-2021 the cumulative GDP loss from this pandemic could be around $9 trillion – greater than the economies of Germany and Japan combined. It’s no secret that the most vulnerable will feel the gravest impacts. We’re going to continue to have extraordinary mental, physical and financial health repercussions in nearly every part of society. Remaining resilient—both in business and life – will require every industry and individual to adapt at a pace we might never have thought possible. But what lies ahead is also a responsibility for us to design a more resilient future.
GBCI believes that healthy people in healthy places is the fastest way to build a healthy economy. We don’t have to choose between public health and a healthy economy. The future will require both to thrive.
The current public health crisis has brought a heightened awareness about how a person’s living environment impacts their health and that of their families. It’s also placed a renewed focus on the need to green our existing buildings, and, most importantly, ensure they are transformed into healthy and resilient spaces.
GBCI India and Mint, one of India’s premium business news publications, have partnered on an ongoing video series that gets to the heart of the future of green buildings and India’s potential to build a better, more sustainable world — even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the first video in the series, The Future is Green, as GBCI’s Managing Director, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, P. Gopalakrishnan and leading representatives from India’s real estate, corporate and investment sectors discuss the strategies they are implementing in preparation to reopen and rebuild.