A terrific article from the ever interesting Open Democracy website on resisting ‘machine mind’ in creating a better future.
A recent survey by Ipsos of 14 countries suggests that, on average, 65% of people want climate change to be prioritised in the economic recovery. Let’s take this chance to avoid going back to business as usual. Read this excellent recent article in The Guardian by George Monbiot.
What does it mean for countries, cities and people to thrive in balance with the planet post Coronavirus? On Wednesday, Amsterdam will become the first city in the world to formally embrace ‘doughnut economics’ aiming to create a thriving city that is also socially just and ecologically safe. Read more here.
Has anyone else noticed how beautiful the countryside is at the moment? Yesterday I was out for my allowed one period of exercise in The UK, which I intend to make the most of. The absence of traffic is a delight. The countryside is quiet, the air is clean and the skies are approaching the depth of blue last seen during the Icelandic volcano airspace shutdown. The night skies, too, are a joy. Let’s try to recognise and remember this and *not* go back to business as usual when Covid-19 is over, instead using it as a springboard from which to continue resetting our relationship with the planet. See here
Crisis can be an opportunity. Some of the measures we are using to tackle Coronavirus could help to maintain the planetary conditions that humanity needs to survive. Excellent article here.
What is our role as language teachers in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (UN)? Great to see this and other questions being considered at IATEFL 2020 Annual Conference in Manchester this April. More info