‘Normal’ wasn’t great either.

Ditch the “Getting back to normal is a good thing” mantra. Encourage people to retain the things they have appreciated about lockdown . Encourage continued consideration of whether, for example, a car journey is necessary.

Why the contribution is important

People have reported many positives about lockdown such as: Reduced traffic noise so able to hear the birds Feeling safe cycling due to fewer cars on roads More time spent with children and as families Slower pace of life - reduced pressure to be ‘On the go’ Re-evaluating what’s essential Positive impact on reducing pollution. Its a great opportunity to build some of the positives into our daily lives , it would be a terrible shame to lose them.

by weemcd on May 08, 2020 at 08:39AM

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  • Posted by DebbieD May 08, 2020 at 09:08

    Fully support this. Many of the comments are about going back as if nothing has happened, surely the future is not the past. We need to capture the positives which have emerged from this tragedy in terms of lifestyle, environmental gains and moving away from a throw away culture.
  • Posted by Mimi May 08, 2020 at 09:21

    I agree with this wholeheartedly! I think we should strongly consider reevaluating the way we live our lives and encourage the government and people to actively keep the positives.
  • Posted by Elkie May 08, 2020 at 09:31

    Going back would be exactly that: going backwards. Society needs to be going forwards to evolve.
  • Posted by eaparsons May 08, 2020 at 09:38

    Yes we need a just recovery and think about need for more equity. To reduce pollution and fossil fuel use, so we can tackle global warming at the same time. The feeling we are all in this together and raised community spirit are positives, as are more connection to places and nature.
  • Posted by lockdownBear May 08, 2020 at 09:42

    I also wholeheartedly agree with this. We have an opportunity here to radically transform our lives for the better, with a focus on more sustainable living, communities and wellbeing. Let’s take it!
  • Posted by Andy1510 May 08, 2020 at 09:55

    Totally in agreement with this. You only have to look at the skies on a sunny day to see the lack of vapour trails. This has to be a benefit to pollution and air quality.
  • Posted by MSW68 May 08, 2020 at 10:19

    Totally agree. While many people are working from home, when we get back to the 'new normal' people should still be encouraged to 'Work from the Office' - i.e. do NOT travel to actually meet people in person, when in my experience it is not required 99% of the time; most 'meetings' can be a telephone call or email. Proactive businesses who want to demonstrate their environmental credentials can use the fact they have stopped people travelling to meetings as a positive thing.
  • Posted by AlisonM May 08, 2020 at 10:34

    It's up to us all to ensure that the positive changes arising from Covid outweigh the negative ones. We want to emerge into a better, more caring, more compassionate, kinder society.
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