Ready or not, Covid 19 is here. Despite trying gamely to live up to his political hero, the Mayor in Jaws, our Prime Minister has now, reluctantly, agreed to start the process of shutting down modern, post-industrial life. What lies ahead is grim, but, as the old saying goes, a crisis is also an opportunity.
Environmentalists in the whole like to talk about how to replace the 'essentials' of modern life with greener alternatives; renewable energy, electric cars, ethical jobs and low-impact products. Fair enough, as this is the language people listen to. What we tend to do in our own lives though is actually ditch these trappings of modern life: turn off the TV, leave the car behind, ditch the high-pressure job and buy less. We walk the walk, but we tend not to talk the talk. Now that needs to stop. Coronavirus is forcing the whole country to live like us, and we need to use this chance to promote our way of life.
We've been here before. In the wake of natural, and unnatural disasters in the USA the government has fled town, and the private sector has not stepped in. People have had to step in and fend for themselves and their neighbours. Transition Towns became survival towns. This is going to happen here. Social care will collapse, hospitals will be overrun and your vulnerable neighbours will be left stranded. They will need you. We need to step in.
But as well as making ourselves useful, and visible, we also need to make ourselves relevant. We need to use every online forum, and every human contact, to show that a life less pressured, less mobile and less dependent on technology is a life very much worth living. We have demonstrated this to ourselves, now we need to show the world.
The future starts here.