How has COVID-19 influenced our ability to meet our climate goals? This seems to be the million dollar question. And while some graphs show decreases in transportation-related emissions, others point out increases in residential energy consumption and food waste. These graphs are data-driven. Scientific proof of measurable shifts in environmental impact whether for the better or the worse.
One much less measurable but undeniably crucial pillar in meeting our climate goals is the shifting thought processes and key influence of our leaders. Not just politicians, but more importantly, business professionals at all levels of an organization.
More time at home has brought a lot of our own habits out, literally before our eyes. Food waste, energy usage, and transportation needs are now more obvious in our own homes as we remain, poignantly and for the better part of the last four months, living our lives almost entirely from home.
We no longer throw away our take-away coffee cups into the town garbage can as we stroll into the office, throw the last bits of lunch into the office can, or go about our meetings not even considering the lighting creating a warm, buzzing glow for sixteen hours a day throughout our work spaces.