I’ll be honest I don’t have my thoughts fully gathered on this yet but I want to address the subject of the link between Covid19 and Sustainability.
First off, I want to say to anyone who tries to live zero waste or to minimise plastic as much as possible, you can only do what you can only do. These are extraordinary times. You don’t want to start a fight with someone in your house over plastic or recycling or something trivial in the grand scheme of things. Don’t stress if there’s an increase in single use items or plastic around the house right now. We’re all doing the best we can to get through this together.
Yes there is going to be a lot of medical waste from Covid19 and that’s fine. It’s a necessity to protect our health care workers. To balance this there has been a huge reduction in our global carbon footprint from reducing transport numbers and a reduction in manufacturing.
If I look at the Sustainable Development Goals it looks like many people are benefiting right now, from more time, during this period of social distancing. They have time to invest in their health, getting outside with family and embracing nature. So you could say, we’re working on SDG 3 right now and taking care of our personal health and prioritising the health of the vulnerable. Many children are being home schooled as we speak and whether that’s in a structured format or in life lessons (baking, household jobs, make and do) they are benefiting from time with family.
I’ve seen reports of reduced carbon emissions and of nature beginning to regenerate in areas but we truly won’t know the full scale of the impact of Covid19 on our planet for many months to come.
What I do know is that the people of the world are coming together and showing solidarity and compassion. All we can hope is that some good comes from this situation and that we continue to be more caring citizens of this planet long after Covid19 has left us.