Climate change Australia
November 2018 bushfires in Salt Ash, NSW. (Image: AAP/Darren Pateman)

Sorry. If you believe COVID-19 will change everything, that Australia will "bounce forward" and begin a new era of sustainability, you’re indulging in magical thinking.

The momentum for climate action after the Black Summer bushfires has been trampled by coronavirus, and the economic downturn will ensure it doesn’t get back up.

How do I know this? Because we’ve been here before.