Covid-19 and what it means for our team, consumers and global zero waste
We are currently experiencing an unprecedented global pandemic, which forces many people into new work and life realities, and most people fall into chaos. We, both individually and collectively, are accepting things that we did not anticipate and still do not fully understand.
The impact of Covid-19 worldwide is huge, and it means different things to different people. Like many global disasters before it, Covid-19 is showing the huge inequality of our current world system, which makes the need to protect the most vulnerable in society as clear as possible. In this confusing and challenging era, one thing is absolutely certain:
Our health, well-being and safety are our top priorities.
Everything that follows should take into account the complexity and fragility of this situation around the world. If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to recognize the reality of this pandemic and its true impact on individuals, communities, and healthcare workers around the world.
Now, more than ever, we need to practice compassion and care. The focus should be on hand washing, social distancing, avoiding contact with eyes, nose and mouth, and respiratory hygiene techniques that avoid contamination. Not only for our own safety, but also for the lives of others.
What Covid-19 means for our team in Zero Waste Europe
In Zero Waste Europe, we are doing our best to build an internal support network in our direct team and a wider internal support network in our incredible global network of zero waste activists and game changers. The global nature of this virus demonstrates what we already know: international solidarity, support, and knowledge sharing are essential to improving our society and environment, and can become stronger in times of collective trauma.
Our network must and will unite and become stronger and closer than ever before. It is through unity that our society and communities can respond more flexibly to current and future global challenges. It’s time to rely on each other and get emotional and physical support to show the best of people all over the world.
Our community has gathered together online-by signing in, sharing resources, and providing help, we are excited. We are very encouraged to see organic examples of community support in various parts of society in Europe and other regions. These daily acts of kindness have had a huge impact on the lives of many people.
What Covid-19 means to consumers
During this period, our health, well-being and safety are our top priorities.
Life is far from normal. These situations can bring out the best among us, the worst among us, and hopefully the survivors among us. Maintaining the safety and health of ourselves and our communities is of paramount importance and remains a top priority.
For many people around the world, the social and economic impact of Covid-19 is huge, regardless of whether they are infected with the virus or not. The burden of medical workers, waste management workers, the unemployed, those who cannot work from home, and those who cannot obtain the resources they need should not be ignored. This is a human pandemic, and humans should be able to make the best choice for them based on this situation.
For people who strive to live a zero-waste lifestyle like us, we have been thrown an unexpected curve ball. Retailers are increasingly announcing restrictions on reusable containers, and free packaging stores are losing customers. However, all this is happening to protect the safety of workers and consumers.
The important thing is that we do our best to use the resources we have to protect ourselves and others.
And, although it goes without saying, we urge the packaging and plastic industries not to use this epidemic to bring us back to a world full of garbage. When the evidence does not support their claims, it is insensitive and unnecessary.
What Covid-19 means for zero waste
Our world has been turned upside down, and so is our zero waste system. On the one hand, unpackaged shopkeepers are struggling, separate collection systems have been suspended, and a new distrust of reusable products has developed. In the southern part of the world, Covid-19 has a huge impact on scavengers. The informal recycling economy has been destroyed, and many people do not have any means of recycling. However, on the other hand, reusable diapers and tap water are on the rise, food waste may be reduced, individuals may become more aware of their waste habits, and communities are uniting to establish networks and support systems that will Long-lived. Positive effect.
Of course, after the pandemic, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that neither industry nor government will use this disaster as an excuse to restore a system of reduced democracy, increased control, and negligence. Our world is not yet flexible enough, and its inclusiveness is not enough. We have not yet established a system that is applicable to both human beings and the earth. But we will, and Covid-19 has proven how quickly we can act when the risk is high enough.
Covid-19 is a cruel reminder that as a global community, we need to unite to support the most vulnerable people in the world and build a system that benefits all. A resilient and sustainable social system is the only possibility for human beings and nature to coexist harmoniously. This will be a lesson.
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