How did this happen? Why did this happen? And what we can learn to prevent this happening again?
In many ways, I feel that we are living in the middle of a Hollywood Movie where at the stroke of a pen, all of the city centres around the world go dark. This is what we’re experiencing in real-time as restaurants, bars, shopping centres, gyms, cinemas and all of the institutions that support our modern lives shut their doors. In the movies, this is the point where one of the Marvel heroes comes to the rescue and I live in hope that this is going to happen as every Hollywood movie, as we know, always has a happy ending.
In this ‘real-life’ movie, we are all the individual heroes as we get to decide how the story plays out. The dark side of the ‘Virus Disruption’ is obvious to everyone, but the lighter side may not be as obvious. After the recent bush fire crisis in Australia, environmentalists stood on the pavements waving banners that said: ‘Stop Climate Change’. What they wanted was an end to all of the polluters that come from the modern lifestyles we live. It’s amazing how quickly the ‘virus disruption’ has slowed these things down. The bright side of this challenging period is that it has allowed us to stop, take a breath, reset and hopefully restart in a more sustainable direction.
This is the point in time to say enough. Enough is enough. Much of the stuff that we have accumulated in the ‘first world’, we don’t need. The unhealthy habits that have created bloated bodies and cloudy minds aren’t sustainable. The industries that have put short-term economics way ahead of human health need to evolve their offerings, be more authentic in their advertising and create solutions that customers clearly want but are also good for the planet. Everything is interconnected and by looking at the whole picture, we see that whenever there is an action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and one of those reactions is Covid-19 that is taking up so much energy.