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According to Kelvin Thomson - former Labor Party Shadow Minister for the Environment in the Federal Parliament who is the national spokesperson for the Sustainable Australia Party - those gains are likely to reverse as soon as things start returning to normal.

If the pandemic has made one thing clear it's climate change would be much easier to fight if we reduced all non-essential economic activity.

Producing less means using less energy and emitting fewer greenhouses gasses. Not travelling to work every day essentially has the same effect.

We've seen pollution levels drop dramatically in places like China and India. So much so that you can now see the Himalayas from northern India and fish can be seen swimming in Venice's usually murky canals.

But, according to Kelvin Thomson -- former Labor Party Shadow Minister for the Environment in the Federal Parliament who is the national spokesperson for the Sustainable Australia Party -- those gains are likely to reverse as soon as things start returning to normal.

"Previous history shows us environmental gains of this kind are temporary," he told 10 daily.

"We are so overwhelmed by growth and consumption but once the thing that has stopped us such as war of conflict goes away... it doesn't last.

"Lasting gains can only be made through changes in attitudes and behaviour."

Thomson hopes this pandemic will encourage people to pay more attention to the environment and severity of climate change.

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