Do you also find it difficult to engage with other topics after more than 14 months of Covid pandemic?

Finally expanding one’s perspective again

I, at least, notice that my brain is now working quite one-dimensionally. It registers all the information related to Covid such as incidence rates, mutations, vaccination strategies, etc. And I’m always right on top of things when it comes to organizing my daily work and home schooling. But I suppress other topics or register them only vaguely.

Everyday life basically felt like a long groundhog day in the past months. Which is why I feel the great need to escape my own Covid lethargy and expand and enrich my perspective again. After all, the world keeps turning and other issues need our attention as well.

For example, my son is currently working on a project about “preserving ecosystems” on the occasion of World Environment Day, an action day that has been held worldwide on 5 June since 1974. Its goal is to make us aware that we humans pose a significant threat to the diversity and stability of our environment because of our actions. At the same time, World Environment Day also shows us options for action to counteract this trend.

 

„World Environment Day“

An action day that has been held worldwide on 5 June since 1974.

 

Does life have to stand still first?

Addressing the challenges of environmental destruction and climate change facing our children will be a much longer marathon than the one we are currently experiencing with the pandemic. The harmful changes build up over decades. They do not come upon us unexpectedly and disruptively, as was the case with the Covid pandemic. And so far, they have not led to the whole world being thrown off course and our lives as we know them coming to a standstill.

However, by continuing to tackle environmental and climate problems only half-heartedly, or even ignoring them, we are placing a heavy burden on future generations. During the pandemic, the younger generation had to take a back seat in many respects and will be footing the bill for it for many years to come. It is no different when it comes to environmental damage and climate change: they will bear the consequences. But at least some things are happening for the benefit of the younger generation. Just recently, the Federal Court of Justice in Germany issued a landmark ruling in this context: the federal government must amend the current Climate Protection Act to preserve the civil liberties of younger generations. 

So what prevents us from taking the right steps and accept some restrictions to achieve an overarching goal? Haven’t we just been proving for almost one-and-a-half years that we can do this globally if we set our minds to it? Doesn’t Covid teach us that stringent, disciplined action can lead to improvement? Everyone can decide for themselves what an intact environment is worth – and to what extent we can change our lives to help protect the environment, improve the climate, and perhaps prevent further pandemics.

“This is our moment. We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature. Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid.”

(Quote from www.worldenvironmentday.global)

Environment Day – a cause for reflection also for businesses

Globally active corporations have a special responsibility. If they do the right thing, their actions have a huge impact. Plus, it is no secret that consumers value businesses that act sustainably, and they are increasingly demanding that they do so. Testing service providers such as TÜV Rheinland can be a competent partner in advising and supporting businesses on their path to environmental and social sustainability. 

On World Environment Day, environmental organisations present us with numerous options for action in which everyone can participate. My son and I are currently working out our own family action plan, my thinking is overcoming its one-dimensional limitations – and Covid can now take a back seat to other issues.

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Kerstin Ferber

Kerstin Ferber

Corporate Communications

Kerstin Ferber works in the corporate communications team at TÜV Rheinland. She has been involved in the field of communication since her studies, and over the years she has gained a lot of experience in various areas of communication. Her current area of work and interest is internal communication. Before joining TÜV Rheinland, she lived and worked in countries near and far. Now she lives happily and contentedly with her family in the Rhineland and sometimes wonders how close the good can actually lie, unless she is stuck in traffic again.

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