How 2020 Has Changed Me, You, All of Us

1. Spend less on consumerism, more on small businesses.

For the last nine months, I’ve been rotating between a handful of shirts and leggings. And I fully admit, I LOVE IT. I don’t even remember what it’s like to squeeze into jeans anymore since all Zoom calls are taken from the shoulders up. With ‘work from home’ becoming the status quo/foreseeable future for so many companies, perhaps it’s time to donate those clothes that are starting to collect dust.

2. Slow down and reduce unnecessary pressure.

On the other side, one positive aspect of quarantine is people have been able to take a pause from the every day busyness of life.

3. Prioritize family and friends.

In the same vein, our intrinsic needs for social interaction and intimacy have also been revealed. When the going gets tough, it’s clear who really shows up for you. Several people told me they’ve come to appreciate the family members and friends who’ve been there for them during this trying time, and that long after COVID dies down, it’s these same folks they want to keep close.

4. Participate in ethical action and the democratic process.

This was by far the most uplifting set of responses: People told me that the global health crisis has shown them just how interconnected we all are, and that they want to keep doing their part even after the pandemic ends. Many have pledged to continue donating to charitable causes, trying harder to reduce their carbon footprint, and engaging in more political activism.

5. Reduce environmental footprint through small lifestyle changes.

Most people don’t know this, but the global livestock industry actually produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if the average American cut just a quarter pound of beef a week from their diet (aka about a hamburger), it would be the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year.

  • Internal: Save money, increase energy, avoid disease, live longer
  • External: Curb climate change, protect local water supplies, slow down need for land and deforestation

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Alina Tang

Alina Tang

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28. // Finding my voice through indie films, inspiring souls, and my innermost ramblings.