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During the COVID-19 epidemic, which has taken the lives of millions around the world, we were all in lockdown. This was extremely hard, resulting in the UK economy decreasing by 20% and loss of liberty.
The price of an oil barrel went down to zero and the global markets were all down. America had the biggest loss of life. Restaurants, bars and clubs are closed. However, the planet itself has been recovering from the effects of humans during this time.
Because of reduced travel, the environment has had a break. The aviation industry has been severely damaged, but no planes in the sky have reduced our carbon emissions considerably.
Animal life, fish and birds have seen their numbers grow and flourish. The earth has been recovering. This has brought to light, more than ever, the detrimental effect humans have on the earth.
It shouldn’t be a dichotomy between humans and the planet. People should live consciously and sustainably with nature in order to live harmoniously with a healthy world that is here to support us for generations to come.
During the epidemic, people became aware that they don’t really need 3 foreign holidays a year. They don’t need to go to McDonalds and eat fast food. They can cook at home.
They can go without the pub or the club and drink alcohol needlessly. They don’t have to sit in betting shops all day.
Chinese have stopped eating dogs. Their bad habits, that came from their personal freedom, have been stopped.
More than ever it has been apparent to support one another through food donations and charity. Animal charities have not received the same government support as other charities.
Protecting the planet, and living alongside it, has become a top priority. The best way to keep doing this is to think whether our energy use is essential, if our travel is essential if the food we eat is not just tasty, but healthy and responsibly sourced.
Taking these lessons forward after COVID-19 is important to our survival in the long term. Find out more about sustainability by visiting the Sara Bronfman website.