"Covid-19 is climate change on warp speed" (Wagner, Mar.10, 2020). The current pandemic has catastrophic consequences on the hospitality sector. The ways the industry currently deals with the crisis (for example, see: COVID-19 - Survival Guide for the Hospitality Industry) offers a glimpse into the crisis management endeavors in building a business case for disaster and climate resiliency. Climate emergency is not dissimilar to the coronavirus threat, whereby 'both demand early aggressive action to minimize loss" (Cobb, Mar. 12, 2020). However, with hotel companies facing an existential crisis, or large-scale downsizing, what will be left of the sustainability programs and initiatives once this pandemic is overcome? Will we be starting from scratch or is the coronavirus crisis the opportunity to implement a swift change in risk assessment and management facing the climate crisis? What are the key lessons from the coronavirus crisis on how to deal with the climate emergency?

José  Koechlin von Stein
José Koechlin von Stein
Founder & CEO at Inkaterra Hotels
Catherine Dolton
Catherine Dolton
Vice President Global Corporate Responsibility at InterContinental Hotels Group
Suzann Heinemann
Suzann Heinemann
Founder and CEO of InfraCert GmbH
Trevor Girard
Trevor Girard
Director of Standards and Accreditation at Hotel Resilient
Jan Hein Simons
Jan Hein Simons
Managing Partner at MRP hotels
Julia Massey
Julia Massey
Sustainability Manager and Advisor
Roger Allen
Roger Allen
Group CEO of RLA Global
Nancy Scanlon
Nancy Scanlon
PhD, Professor at Florida International University
Jonathon Day
Jonathon Day
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Willy Legrand
Willy Legrand
Professor of Hospitality Management at the IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Henri  Kuokkanen
Henri Kuokkanen
Associate Professor at Institut Paul Bocuse
Franziska Altenrath
Franziska Altenrath
Co-Founder at TUTAKA
Friederike Vinzenz
Friederike Vinzenz
Expert for Sustainability Communication & Founder at RoomFor
Elena  Cavagnaro
Elena Cavagnaro
Professor of Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Frauke  Fischer
Frauke Fischer
Founder, Agentur Auf!

Covid-19 is a zoonotic disease - one that is transmitted from animals to humans. More than half of all diseases that emerged in the last decades belonged to this group. Scientists believe, that the present pandemic is just the tip of the iceberg. Such diseases spread when rainforests are cut and wildlife is sold on "wet-markets". The more we destroy intact ecosystems, the more diseases will spread! Future sustainability efforts of the hospitality sector need to take into account that saving rainforests is much more than protecting nature. It is about protecting your business - much more than you might think.

Arjan van Rheede
Arjan van Rheede
Senior Research Fellow in Sustainability at Hotelschool The Hague
Gabriel C. M. Laeis
Gabriel C. M. Laeis
Lecturer at IUBH International University
Simon Martin
Simon Martin
Head of Development Hospitality-Catering at IECD
Peter Varga
Peter Varga
Assistant Professor at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
Sam Laakkonen
Sam Laakkonen
Contingent Managing Director - Sustainability at Techstars
Christopher Warren
Christopher Warren
Founder of My Green Butler