Livia Firth writes a letter on the present-day situation concerning COVID-19, the relevance of options for our potential, and why Eco-Age will try to use its voice to consider to spread a sensation of local community, friendship and togetherness.
The most frequent term employed to describe the period of time we are residing in is ‘weird.’ I get a lot of messages and email messages from all around the planet declaring that we are dwelling in ‘weird situations.’ I commenced to consider about this – words such as ‘worrying’ or ‘terrifying’ are staying utilised significantly significantly less (despite individuals bulk acquiring bathroom paper for some weird motive) as we struggle to outline this unsure foreseeable future.
‘Weird’ is proper. We carry the sense that the situation is crucial and really really serious, but at the same time we know that we had been residing in a method which was not in equilibrium, and that a little something, at some issue, would have broken.
And so it did – or it is in the process of breaking right now.
Weird periods, in truth.
We essential a shock, and shocks are hardly ever light. People now are dying, borders are closing, the economy is crashing. It all feels brutal and perfectly, stunning.
But in the midst of turmoil, some narratives are already rising. We are rediscovering friendships and a feeling of community the air pollution is dramatically minimizing as a final result of factories shutting or slowing down, of fewer planes flying all-around. We are speaking about ‘sustainability” in the serious feeling of the word – how we will maintain ourselves as a result of this?
‘What are the alternatives for the long term of our humanity’ is not the favorite subject at worldwide conferences any longer, but a reality which desires to be carried out – these days. One illustration? We have been chatting about sharing economic climate endlessly, now we are faced with what this will in fact signify.
I liked Naomi Klein’s e-book ‘On Fire’ – she wrote it right before COVID-19 took above the planet, advocating for the need to have of urgently utilizing a ‘Marshall Plan’ for the foreseeable future of our modern society: “We have to have a key running process update, a program to roll up our sleeves and actually get the work carried out.” Her call fell unnoticed, and so the shock arrived to wake us all up.
So let us get the work performed! What this Marshall Plan will appear like is up to us to design, and we are all set for it. Via darkish occasions, so a lot of opportunities lie forward of us. At Eco-Age we go on operating with the same enthusiasm – though for the minute from our residences and all connected to each individual other through technological magic.
We are in this article with you and for you – #EcoTogether, without end. Through these odd occasions we will operate with you and distribute a emotion of solidarity and positivity, as well as looking at how we can all arrive jointly and help each individual other. We are eager to hear your alternatives for the upcoming, from begin-ups that already exist to ideas which need to have developing. Sign up for the discussion by making use of our #EcoTogether hashtag to share your messages, and we will function alongside one another to make it occur.