Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation
George Monbiot says that in rich countries we have been lulled into a false sense of security. Almost all of our material needs are taken care of, and we have become so comfortable that it is easy to push aside thoughts of how fragile our way of living is.
Meanwhile, he says, all sorts of disasters loom – catastrophic climate change, food shortages, antibiotic resistance, and many more – and we are not doing nearly enough to avert them or prepare for them. This pandemic is our wake-up call, a reminder that we are not as secure as many of us think.
Perhaps, he says, this will motivate us into investing in long-term protection of planet and society, rather than thinking only as far as maximising profits or winning the next election.
Police acknowledge confusion over UK lockdown rules
We may be in a state of lockdown but not everyone is entirely clear on what that means. You’re still allowed to go out and get fresh air and exercise, for example. (Once a day only!) You’re allowed to walk your dog. So obviously you must be allowed to…. go to the beach? Go hiking?
“Why does your dog need to get into a car to go for a walk?” asked the chief constable of Devon and Cornwall police. “Your dog does not need to be driven to Dartmoor.”
Martin Hewitt, the chair of the National Police Chiefs Council: “This is a national emergency. It is not a national holiday.”
Being shouted at by drones
In Madrid the police are flying drones over public areas shouting at people to go home.
They’re “drone-shaming” in national parks in the UK too, but as far as I was aware they weren’t doing it in the cities – except that I heard a very annoying buzzing in a park in London the other day and looked up to see a drone sailing overhead. It wasn’t shouting at anyone, but perhaps the police were keeping an eye on us, making sure that we were actually out there to exercise and not just to have a nice time.
And: stop misleading people