This open letter to the world calls on the citizens of the world, after the outbreak is lifted, we should not restore normality, but never repeat the mistakes of the past.
"We're going to act now!" (We must act now)
Le Monde published an open letter entitled "Please, let's not go back to normal" on the 7th Taiwan time , which was co-written by French actor Juliet Binoch and astrophysicist Aurelien Barrau , signed by more than 200 people including Madonna , Laubuddinillo , Cate Blancheand , and Jane Fonda . The letter states that after the end of the human epidemic, leaders should immediately carry out large-scale reforms to the damaged ecosystem.
Photo: Dazhi Image Courtesy (AP)
Photo: Dazhi Image Courtesy (AP)
The following is the full text of the letter:
The outbreak caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19) is a tragedy. However, this crisis, leading us to examine what is necessary, "change" alone is not enough, the problem is systemic.
The continuing ecological holocaust is a fundamental crisis, and the fact that life on Earth is dying out is indisputable, and all indicators point out that the right to survival of species is under threat. Unlike severe outbreaks, however, the global ecological collapse will have an unmeasurable impact.
Therefore, we solemnly and formally appeal to leaders and citizens to put aside the logic of the present but lack of sustainability and make comprehensive reforms to our goals, values and economy.
Human pursuit of consumerism and infatuation with productivity have allowed us to deny the value of life of other plants, animals, and more human beings. The global ecology is on the verge of collapse because of climate change, environmental pollution and the destruction of natural habitats.
For these reasons, coupled with the urgent need to update social justice, we believe that "returning to normality" is unthinkable. A radical reform at all levels requires boldness and courage, and change will not happen without strong resolve. We must act now, and it is all about the dignity and survival of our lives.
Not back to the normal, but the usual way to change.
The open letter states that humanity should stop consumerism that consumes too much natural resources. In the aftermath of the outbreak, it is also worth rethinking the irrational way of shopping and the unconscious lifestyle of the past, and the impact of these actions is not only on the individual, but also on the whole ecological environment.
In retrospect, before the outbreak, when would you have shelled out your money to buy something? Is it possible to see a beautiful island hotel photo of a friend on IG, and decide to swipe a card to fly abroad, or to see a mobile phone with new features, so you plan to replace the old machine you can use when there is a discount? We often feel that we want to act, but after we want it, we can't make sure that we really need it.
Our consumer behavior is deeply affected by online media, advertising, and this outbreak is a bell.
Reducing the chance to go out and get together, we look at home for ways to really make ourselves happy, such as connecting with our families and reading books, and finding that happiness doesn't come entirely from consumption. At the same time, we have seen that when human economic activity ceases and the natural ecosystem breathes, air pollution decreases and canals become clear (extended reading: 50th anniversary of World Earth Day: After the outbreak, is it possible to see this? ) )
With some national epidemic bangradually unsealed, began to float out of the discussion of retaliatory consumption, many people worry that the negative emotions caused by the outbreak will cause people to start shopping impulsively, endless consumption, and some experts say that retaliatory consumption is unlikely to happen. But in any case, from now on, we should really change their consumption habits and thinking, cherish the existing goods, judge needs and want, avoid all kinds of unconscious consumption habits.
Then the earth gave us this lesson, only not wasted.
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