Dr. Robert Newell and Dr. Ann Dale just published COVID-19 and climate change: an integrated perspective, a new article in The Journal of Cities and Health. Exploring how the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak has exposed vulnerability in community systems, it suggests that increasing resilience requires more holistic perspectives that integrate sustainability objectives. Pandemic preparedness and climate action in particular share similarities in terms of needs and approaches for community sustainability. This paper reflects on what the outbreak has illustrated regarding community vulnerability to crises, with a focus on local economy and production, economic diversification, and social connectivity. It argues for integrated approaches to community development that increase our capacity to respond to both public health and climate crises.