[Originally published 17 March 2020]
My younger sister Alice Graves is completing a Positive Psychology Masters and naturally looking for the positive in the current situation. When talking to her this morning she drew the analogy with Mother Nature having put us - her errant children - on the naughty step to give us time to think about why we’ve ended up here. It's a 'time out' to think about how we are living our lives, how we are working, how we spend our time and perhaps most importantly the effect of our lives on the planet.
The human race will come through this pandemic but Mother Nature and the planet will not pull through and continue to sustain us if we don't change our ways. It's a sobering thought and sobering times.
Change is always scary but - whether we like it or not - perhaps the impact of COVID-19 on climate change going forward might well be the only, but very significant, silver lining....
Stay safe everyone x
For all of the devastation it’s wreaking on the world, Coronavirus has proven it is entirely possible to dramatically decrease pollution in a very short period of time. In any catastrophe scenario, there is always some sort of lesson we can extract. And this might just be a sign from Mother Earth that if we really wanted to do something about the climate crisis, we could.