A number of international cine personalties, including Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix, Alfonso Cuaron and Cate Blanchett, have cautioned the world leaders against going back to “normal” if they want to avoid an “ecological catastrophe” in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

The groups of over 200 actors, filmmakers, scientists and people from other professions have signed an editorial, written by Juliette Binoche and astrophysicist Aurelien Barrau for French paper Le Monde.

Titled, “No To A Return To Normal”, the editorial called the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people worldwide, a “tragedy” and said there is a “direct existential threat” now looming on mankind more than ever.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is a tragedy. This crisis is, however, inviting us to examine what is essential. And what we see is simple: ‘adjustments’ are not enough. The problem is systemic.

“The ongoing ecological catastrophe is a meta-crisis: the massive extinction of life on Earth is no longer in doubt, and all indicators point to a direct existential threat. Unlike a pandemic, however severe, a global ecological collapse will have immeasurable consequences,” the editorial read.

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