Since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown we’ve had to analyse what is ‘essential’; essential services, essential travel, essential overheads. For most, by focusing on what’s ‘essential’, we’ve been able to reflect on what’s important.
A positive outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic could be that it has forced us to take stock of what’s valuable in our lives… could this have been the most extreme reality check?
The biggest reality check however, has been the impact Coronavirus has had on the environment. Orchestrated global action, as seen during this pandemic, has provided a blueprint for how collective behaviour shifts could be beneficial to people and planet.
Although for all the wrong reasons, this data is a small piece of good news and demonstrates that by making sustainable changes we could reverse damage to the planet.
As part of our transformation strategy, Cordant’s leadership team has been reviewing the small steps we can take as an organisation to contribute to environmental improvements.
National data from the Cabinet Office found that motor traffic dropped by 73% in March, when compared with pre-Covid levels – just imagine the environmental impact if a quarter of UK drivers continued to work from home after lockdown.
Streamlined Office Space
Encouraging colleagues to work from home means businesses could benefit financially by cutting property rental and associated utility and maintenance costs. The cost of under-used office real estate in England and Wales £10 billion a year!
Lockdown has demonstrated that positive change is possible but we have to be accountable for our own actions. If we responded to climate change with the same sense of urgency as our response to Coronavirus, we might be able to protect our planet’s future.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the world, and although we’ve seen some initial reversals of the impacts of climate change during lockdown, it’s likely to be short-lived, particularly once normal life resumes and we have to work harder in the face of a recession.
At Cordant we don’t want to revert back to bad habits and damaging action – we want fewer cars on the road, more people working from home and fewer people travelling miles for meetings when technology can deliver the same result.
We’ve reflected on what’s important, and are introducing measures to change behaviours and make employees think before acting. We all need to play our part in protecting the planet.