Beyond coronavirus #buildbackbetter

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2020 AC – After Coronavirus – still feels a long way away but plans are being laid now to pick-up the pieces. 

Leading politicians, economists, scientists and Institutions like the World Health Organisation and the United Nations have already linked poor habitat management, climate change and the increased risk of new viruses spreading.

The International Monetary Fund has reassessed the prospect for growth for 2020 and 2021, declaring that we have entered a recession – as bad as or worse than in 2009. Now the UN is calling for action to put people, the environment and the most vulnerable first. They say what’s needed is a large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response amounting to at least 10 per cent of global GDP.

In an open letter to world leaders, the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres says:

“Everything we do during and after this crisis must be with a strong focus on building more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change, and the many other global challenges we face.”

Our collective experiences of working from home and all the changes we’ve had to adapt to can help shape what happens next. Many companies and services have become casualties of the changes. Our economy, infrastructure and even how or why we travel will need to be reconsidered as we decide how we rebuild our society and interactions in a post coronavirus world.

World Parks Week is looming, from Saturday 25th April through to Sunday 3rd May. We’ll probably still be in self-isolation mode in the UK, but it’s an opportunity to exchange views and consider alternative futures. #NatureNeverCloses 

73 per cent of children and 81 per cent of adults reported being concerned about the decline in nature to the National Trust’s Noticing Nature report. It also found that 90 per cent of children in the UK infrequently or never watched the sunrise.

Sunrise over London II c NPASSouthEast

There is lots we can start doing now, from small acts of kindness to policy and infrastructure changes. See our Things to do pages for inspiration.

  • What if people and the environment were placed alongside the economy at the centre of our governance?
  • What if improving national happiness and health were government requirements?
  • What if we were able to distribute the plants and trees from closed-down nurseries to communities or schools?
  • What if key workers in essential services were permanently recognised and rewarded for their work?
  • What if we made life greener, healthier and wilder?
  • What if airline subsidies were transferred to public transport?

Raise these in discussion with your MP. You can find them here or talk with your local councillors

There could be roles for the current community or MutualAid groups set-up to support people during the coronavirus outbreak.  

We’re exploring ways our soon-to-be-revealed National Park City Rangers can support communities. We’d welcome your #buildbackbetter thoughts, so please do share discussions and ideas with us through our social media feeds or via email: 

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