COVID has been catastrophic on a social and economic scale, juxtaposed with the environment rebounding within a short period, and human re-connections during lockdown.
Experiencing people uniting, many more cycling, walking, gardening, sharing produce, leaving care packages, children playing in the streets and chalking messages of hope on the roads and driveways, and for us, kererū in the back garden for the first time, a flock of spoonbills and a Caspian tern were highpoints during a strange and reflective time.
Covid is the catalyst for change – it has illustrated very strongly our impact on our environment and our lives. We have been given an opportunity to reset, reconnect and rethink about how we are living and how we could do things differently, perhaps living more like we used to live, more simply, more grounded and aware, thinking more about interconnectedness, relationships, connected communities, decarbonisation, consumption, waste etc. Individual action is good, a start, and can lead to collective action, making behaviours norms.
What steps have I taken at home?
- I made a pledge not to fly in 2020, which ironically was not difficult!
- Purchased an electric car in 2019.
- Started making cheese, supporting local ethical dairy Dreamview and reducing plastic.
- Grew more produce in the garden.
- Made museli with no plastic or additives
- Joined a community-led trust.
- Bought less plastic.
- Took paper bags to refill from bulk bins.
Small individual steps become larger actions collectively.