Going forward do we want to do things differently?

Out of this tragedy are there opportunities? Aside from the difficulty lockdown has brought, people have adapted during this crisis - working from home, zoom meetings, reducing pollution, home cooking, making do etc... Events like this can focus what is truly important in people's lives. Will life to back to how it was or do we need to plan for a new future going forward.

Why the contribution is important

People have adapted in this crisis, values and expectations may have changed with a shift to more positive behaviours, a sense of community and a desire to keep the lowered emission rate down. From tragedy now so you capture the positives?

by DebbieD on May 08, 2020 at 08:02AM

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  • Posted by MMelvin May 08, 2020 at 09:04

    Absolutely agree. Whatever happens things will never be the same again. So far we have done as well as can be in helping each other through this most horrific time. How people and communities are rallying together and volunteering like never before is tremendous, inspiring and gives great hope whatever the future might be. The Scotland Cares Volunteer Programme was incredible success and I fully commend that. Also agree regarding working practices. Is amazing how the technology has helped vital work continue and how people have adapted. I was also in contact with an MS support group and it used to cost them £125 per week in room bookings for their activities. They are currently doing these e.g.: exercise sessions etc. via zoom at a cost of £14.50 per month. Also saves people travelling across the city. Never fully replaces actual face-to-face, but will lead to a better balance of how we do things going forward. All that to say agree with this idea and its sentiments. We will get through this. Stay safe, stay well. Many thanks.
  • Posted by MairiR May 08, 2020 at 19:55

    Too many sacrifices involved in the lockdown, while not able to help elderly parents due to restrictions on travel, I have volunteered to help strangers. I would prefer to help my family first.
  • Posted by jps21jeff May 08, 2020 at 21:16

    We have to take what has been good from this period and ensure that it continues.
  • Posted by happyjolucky May 08, 2020 at 21:18

    Absolutely agree. One of the things I would like to see is better resiliance in terms of food production etc. I think in light of our experience the last few months, the concept of the 'non-essential worker' should be banished forever. Farm workers, cleaners, shop staff, NURSES should be earning some of the highest wages in the country. It's not good enough to clap once a week for people like this while they struggle to make ends meet and work themselves ragged. We need to compensate them with access to good pay and good physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Posted by Haggis59 May 09, 2020 at 06:26

    I agree, life will never be the same again. Majority of people will change their outlook, change working practices, and change their priorities in life. Social distancing will be around for a while yet but it's great seeing people helping each other in communities and throughout Scotland and discovering new skills to help themselves and others. People I feel are communicating with others they wouldn't normally bother with such as communicating online and by phone, saying hello over garden fence or during social distancing hour walk etc. People having time to listen to birds singing and watch sunset/sunrise as they have time to do this. Sacrifices have had to be made to safe lives and restrict spread of virus currently but it will be worthwhile in the long run when we eventually come out of this pandemic and life adjusts to a new normality.
  • Posted by moragpaterson May 09, 2020 at 08:35

    What happyjolucky says.
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