On a way we can possibly take some positives from the negative that is currently gripping the world.
First published in April 2020.
I was talking to one of my two real-life besties yesterday. She told me how her other half, a business owner, had been thinking of buying bigger office premises. He actually bid on one just before the lockdown, but didn’t get it. He is now pleased, as he thinks in the future he would like more people to work from home.
Obviously, not everyone can work from home. But the lockdown has shown that very many can. We could drastically reduce the amount of cars on the road and, as a result, pollution levels and the number of accidents. People would spend less time commuting and sitting in traffic jams.
”Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis.” https://t.co/crSIMT5G5G— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) April 21, 2020
The increase in mental health issues since the lockdown is due to different factors. Anxiety about the threat of the virus and the lack of social contact with friends and family being two of them. Working from home would be far more pleasant if people could move freely again in their free time.
Another thing that has happened because of the lockdown has been an increased sense of community, and helping each other. I suspect some people have got to know their neighbours better since being confined to their homes. We should do our best to maintain that connection and community.
There are also local businesses that get a little overlooked when people are thanking frontline workers. Time and again I have heard of people being able to buy things at their local shop that they cannot get in the supermarket. Often these local shops are delivering to the vulnerable.
When this is over, I hope we continue to use these small local businesses. They have been a lifeline to so many in the last few weeks. I hope that people don’t automatically fall back into the same routine of driving to a supermarket several times a week.
We have had to live very differently, but I see potential for some of the differences to be beneficial to us environmentally, socially, and mentally. Positive change would possibly be a way of honouring those who have died from Covid-19 and all frontline workers.🔷