Digging for victory during the Coronavirus outbreak
This is a crazy time – people are becoming extremely ill and dying, we are losing loved ones and jobs and businesses are collapsing. People are hoarding supplies, leaving the most vulnerable with nothing.
We are all going to be affected in ways we can’t yet understand and we don’t know how long this will last.
However, in an effort to look after my own mental health, I am trying to find some small positives in this situation. We’ve already seen drastic decreases in carbon emissions with people commuting less and reducing air travel.
The waters of the Venetian canals are running clear and are teeming with fish and (apparently) dolphins(!). After the age of “the British public have had enough if experts”, public faith in science is being restored, and evidence based policy is being implemented everywhere to solve this crisis.
Our communities are banding together to help out the elderly and the at risk.
We’ve all got an opportunity to improve ourselves while we’re locked at home – learning new skills and practicing old ones.
I’m teaching myself to grow vegetables, to learn and to reduce my own requirement for shop bought food. Not everyone is going to be able to do that – I’m very lucky to be able to afford the equipment and have the space but there are a thousand things to learn for free if you have access to an internet connection or a book.
As part of the Scientists for Labour executive, I’m also doing what I can with fellow scientists to provide daily updates to Labour MPs on the moving science. We’re collating research papers coming out each day into a short document, to keep MPs as up to date as possible on the science. If you’d like to get a copy of this briefing too, get in contact via the form on my website.
If nothing else, set up a WhatsApp group for your neighbours and offer to do a bit of shopping, anything will help. After writing this post, I’m also off out with a little leaflet to drop around my estate with links to the local Facebook and WhatsApp support groups.
Remember to stay safe, stay at home, wash your hands and keep your distance. Now, what are you going to do to improve yourself, now you have the chance?