In Greek Mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth - the primal Mother Earth goddess. Today the Gaia theory or principal, proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated with one another and form a single but self-regulating complex system, which maintain the conditions for life on our planet.
During this quiet Easter holiday whilst taking my daily walk around our Common, I reflected on just how quickly things have changed for all of us this year 2020.
The bulk of 2019 manifest itself in continual processions of protest around our globe, whose populations, young and old called upon our governments to change course. Protect the world from climate change, the environmental impact of plastics, and damaging vehicle emissions.
As recently as December 2019 the United Nations Climate Change Conference met in Madrid, but following two weeks of deliberation and talking, most of the issues raised remained unresolved.
Why am I having these ironic thoughts? My thinking leads me on to consider "could this be Gaia's revenge?" Pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have fallen considerably already right across our world as countries try to contain the spread of Covid-19. Is this simply just a fleeting change, or could it now lead on to longer lasting falls in emissions, and a much cleaner planet? We all now know that sustainability is in fact a possibility.