Returning to regular blogging has given me a chance to reflect upon the world we find ourselves in now. As a writer, I have been tempted to explore writing in a different genre and as a reader I have started to enjoy books that I would previously have left alone. At the same time, watching the news unfold, I cannot help but worry about how quickly our lives are changing. The thing I cannot make my mind up about is whether or not we have learned anything from the pandemic.
What might we have learned?
People have ruminated about how much this negative experience has impacted on our societies and speculated about the potential for positive change as we embark on a post-pandemic planet. I have heard folk say that it’s made them realise how important being there for friends and families is and how important it is to value nature, for instance.
Some suggested that we may have a more considerate approach to the world after the effects of Covid subside and eventually allow us to return to some kind of normality. All of this sounds incredible. A thoughtful society made up of close-nit communities which look after each other and celebrate the strengths of individuals, while embracing all members, regardless of background and supporting the mental health of everyone involved. What concerns me is the constant anticipation of a return to ‘normality’.
Can ‘normality’ be a positive way forward?
This desperation to return to how things used to be worries me. It seems that so many are keen to rewind and get back to lives packed with entertainment, journeying and consumption. Will there be a temptation to party just that little bit harder as a way of compensating for lockdowns and remedying the boredom that has inevitably rattled the lives of those who found the restrictions of lockdown unsettling?
Whatever happens, it will be refreshing to learn that Covid is something which is no longer hurting thousands of humans everyday. In Britain right now the rate is lower than it has been for ages but there is still a risk that positive cases might rise again. We are standing on the precipice of a post-Covid UK but there is a fine line between remaining stable and watching the situation slowly unravel once more.
How can we make a new normality?
I regularly talk about how fragile our ecosystems are and how important it is that we take the climate crisis seriously. So before we return to how things used to be and revel in the chance to be free again and celebrate being able to travel, party and socialise, let’s take a breath. The world is fragile and our impact upon it is considerable. Now is the perfect time to reset the balance between ourselves and nature. As we take that deep breath, we can make sure we really have learned from all of this.
In recognising the delicate way that wildlife depends upon habitats and local climates, we can finally start to change our attitudes towards global warming. We all know it’s real and it’s devastating so let’s face up to it. Let’s make some changes and show our love for animals and plants which may otherwise soon become extinct.
As a blogger, I want to ensure that my writing offers advice to other writers, reviews of brilliant books and content regarding movies and TV shows. As well as this I am incredibly passionate about the climate threat and want to regularly look into developments related to this cause. I appreciate readers taking the time to consider my thoughts and I hope you may follow my blog and comment your own thoughts on the issues that I discuss.
Fingers crossed that we really have come to a turning point in the pandemic. These next few months will be a time for change. I hope that some of this change will involve moving forward by reducing pollution, cutting down the non-essential use of cars and having a greater appreciation of the wonderful and diverse habitats that surround all of us.
The awful floods in Germany and Belgium have highlighted the need to address global warming immediately. I hope that everyone can find ways to make a genuine change.
We have the power to make a real difference.