As 2020 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on what has been a roller coaster of a year.
As much as we’re ready to see the back of this year, it has definitely been one we are not going to forget in a hurry. 2020 has been a defining year for more reasons than one, but the topic of the climate emergency has been more prominent than ever.
When faced with a global pandemic and with everything we know being turned completely on its head, this year has forced us to think differently. Perhaps this has made us all more open to change than we ever have been before. We’ve seen the incredible coming together of communities, from the whole nation clapping on their doorsteps, the rising of the Black Lives Matter movement and people saying enough is enough, 2020 has been full of small acts of kindness taking place across the country. We have shown ourselves and each other the real power of community and our undeniable strength when we all stand together united.
The shared experiences of this year will make us stronger and more aligned to move forward and make progress together. We think that it will be this united front that will be the driving force further bringing issues of the climate to light in 2021.
During the first lockdown, many of us got the chance to slow down, take time to reflect and really think about what is important to us. This left many of us questioning how we live our lives and what we can do better for the planet. It was at the same time that search interest on Google in ‘How to live a sustainable lifestyle’ increased by more than 4,550%.
This year has been a bit of a wakeup call and a call to arms for the planet (namely by the legend that is David Attenborough with his ‘A Life on Our Planet’ – if you haven’t watched it, get on it over the Christmas period), a realisation that we can’t continue in the way that we have been. That big change is needed.
Don’t get us wrong, there is still a long way to go but just the conversations we can hear, the questions being asked and the actions being taken have given us hope. That doesn’t mean to say the work is done. 2021 will no doubt be another defining year for the planet but only if we all continue to come together to fight for better.
Our government policies, our systems, our general ways of living and behaviours all need a shake up if we are to stand any chance of being able to keep the global average temperature rise under 2 degrees. That said we are hopeful that the seeds of change have been sown.
No doubt the fight to protect the planet will take us all and the responsibility does lie on all of our shoulders, but the key thing to remember here is the power we all hold when we join forces. When we work together, whether that’s across professions, communities or groups of friends, that’s where the real magic takes place. Collaboration and skill sharing offer insight, development and the opportunity for discovery. It’s in this way that we think real progress will be made. By raising each other up, celebrating the wins – however small, and focussing on the positives.
As we end the year we’re hopeful for the year ahead. For change, for action and above all for the planet.
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