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The way things look now, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. According to the World Health Organization situation report dated April 7, there have been an additional 68,766 new confirmed new cases of COVID-19, bringing the global total to 1,279,722 cases. The coronavirus has caused the death of 72,614 people.
The coronavirus pandemic has also radically changed the way we live, with the world practically grinding to a halt as nationwide lockdowns have resulted in the closure of schools, bars, restaurants, and other places where people congregate and socialize.
In an essay published on the CBC website, Canadian academic and environmental activist David Suzuki said the widespread changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic should be taken as an opportunity to transform our own lives.
Suzuki recalled how the HIV-AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s also fundamentally changed human behavior — with safe sex and clean needles becoming commonplace. While the crisis was terrifying at the time, it is now something that humanity has managed to control to an extent.
According to him, this new pandemic is an opportunity to re-examine our consumption and question whether all the stuff we acquire actually brings us happiness.
He wondered if humanity would be able to realize that coexistence with nature is essential to our survival, especially since the global lockdown has brought about cleaner air in China and the return of fish to the canals of Venice. Or would the end of the pandemic instead cause an even more fierce return to the relentless consumption before COVID-19? Would we end up even worse than before?
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