With no evidence of a rebound, just a continuous decline during the last 28 years we have to ask ourselves – do we really care or are we happy to nurture a delusion of caring by gushing about David Attenborough documentaries and oohing and aahing over cute social media images?
How big a crisis do we need to face to realise that our own survival is equally at risk? Has COVID-19 been enough for us to demand the transformation of our societies? Will we tolerate industries, businesses and governments as they try to nudge us back into pre-pandemic consumption patterns and business-as-usual? Are we ready to be a part of popular movements that go beyond “putting ourselves first” to trigger a reset to the needs of the biosphere we depend on?
While I am reading many headlines about “the frustration about lives being on hold during the pandemic”, isn’t this a perfect time to educate ourselves about how we got here? If not now, when? Why we are facing near-certain environmental and civilisational collapse on the current trajectory?
This is the time to reflect on the history of previous collapses, the time to come together and design something new, not simply protect a system that only really looks after the top 1%.