Suddenly the busy-ness (business) of life has been put on hold, for others life has changed and will never be the same again. All of us have had to take a step away from what we have known until now as our ‘normal’.
Since the lock-down, we have seen a dramatic reduction in pollution. Less planes, and fewer carbon heavy vehicles on our roads has resulted in clearer skies, cleaner air and even our countryside is reaping the benefit with the natural world is taking a well-deserved deep breath.
We know that the world can’t sustain us if we continue to rely on fossil fuels. The climate is changing, we are running out of water and the animal and plant kingdoms are suffering and being depleted and lost.
The move to electric vehicles, away from the pollution of the combustion engine is just a very small cog in an enormous wheel of change that needs to happen. A change to valuing people and the planet. Consuming and discarding just because we can, is swallowing resources that can’t be replenished.
Perhaps now we are being given an opportunity to change. Perhaps we are being shown a different way. If we continue to pollute, plunder and deplete, we can’t expect nature to supply us with food, shelter, clean water, medicines and clean air. We can’t continue to take without giving back.
Recycling our plastic and cardboard and eating less meat is a start, but is it enough?
Drought, fires, floods, and the Arctic ice melting has yet to wake us up, what else needs to happen before our eyes are opened?
COVID 19 might just be a moment to take a long hard look at what we need to do, showing us that WE CAN (we have to) change our ways.
I am really hoping that this is an opportunity for Governments to take the lead and for all of us to take a long hard look at what we truly value. How can we re-dress the balance? For people, for the planet and the generations who follow us. My Mother always used to say: “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. And “If not now – when”?
Sending love and thanks to all those who are working so hard to keep us safe and well in this difficult time.
About the author: EV Nana
EV Nana is a Psychotherapist, Mother and a Nana too. She’s passionate about humanitarian and environmental causes and is therefore happy to often write pieces for theevmarketplace.com and other publications to help promote more conscious living.