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08 Aug 2022

Thinking sustainably in a CoVID-19 covered world


COVID 19 and Sustainability are top of mind issues in the 21st Century. Both are the focus of global attention for very different reasons. Yet there are points of intersection and connection that link the two. 

In fact the simultaneous occurrence of global pandemics and societal survival is nothing new.

Geographer and historian Jared Diamond says there are countless examples throughout history where a civilization takes resources to sustain modern life. Equally, humans have plundered their worlds and seriously affected chances of survival. Including major pandemics.

With the ‘new normal’ being defined by CoVID-19, there is increasing pressure on people, at an individual through to global level, to put into effect sustainable practices. Particularly in regards to coordinated policy and effort.

Over and above the influences of the SARS-CoV-2 (CoVID-19) climate change by itself demands fresh thinking and action.
In fact, the United Nations has stated that this unique situation offers countries an opportunity to build recovery plans that will reverse trends and change our consumption, and production patterns, towards a more sustainable future.

Events have highlighted the relationship between people and nature. Humans have unlimited needs, but the planet has limited capacity to satisfy them.

The challenge and opportunity is to appreciate the limits to which humans can push nature before the impact is negative. Those limits reflect our consumption and production patterns. In short, CoVID-19 can be a catalyst for social change. Older people have the chance to make differences and be an example of change and protecting the planet now and into the future.

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Published: July 2022

To be reviewed: July 2025


10 simple sustainability practices that start at home

Everyone and everything can make a difference in planet preservation. There are literally hundreds of easy and practical steps to take to live a more sustainable life. Here are 10 to start with.

  • Make Use of Natural Light.
  • Eliminate Useless Energy Waste (turn lights off when not in a room).
  • Stop Food Waste (plan your meals before you go to the supermarket).
  • Reuse Your Containers and Jars.
  • Opt for no receipts.
  • Start Composting (compost old food).
  • Use Natural Cleaning Products.
  • Choose Cloth Over Paper.
  • Recycle
  • Take Bags to the Supermarket

For more ideas see 15 Ways To Be Sustainable In Everyday Life | The Fox & She (thefoxandshe.com)