Despite the challenges of the recent weeks, life goes on. And although everything appears to have slowed down, people are still moving. Not all people but most. I have been fortunate that CSE has had a work from home policy for many years but I am getting tired of spending most of my day on the computer. There are many moments I cherish on my way to and from work or school. I like taking the ten minute walk to my classes from my apartment. I like exercising my legs during that time and seeing other students travelling between classes. I liked sitting at the desk and staring at the doors in the Hatch, in solidarity with other workers in the co-working space. I liked using my bus passes and rushing to see whether or not there was money left on my card. A small time gambler. I enjoyed watching the transition from winter to spring happen and seeing more people on the bus to work. The world has changed but many companies are still working- from home of course. Except those in the service industry and that of non-essentials.
Being able to work from home, I now have to manage my time since I spend all 24 hours in the same location. Something that is both a blessing and a curse. My sense of time is changing.
CSE continues to operate amidst these changes. But like many organisations we are tasked with a difficult job amidst the crisis. We have to be ever more strategic with regards to our work and messaging. We have to change the way we communicate our vision and also how we communicate with our supporters. Environmental activism, just like other sectors has to change the way it does things during this time. It’s important for us to remain true to our successes and ongoing battles and also remain hopeful and supportive of our funders and audience. We are currently grappling with this reality and its ties to our environmental problems. This situation has showed that we have been interacting and engaging with the earth is destructive way. The pictures of the Venice canals prove that. The job of various environmentally focused organisations is to use this time to strengthen our messages and show our communities what can be done better in the future. This situation brings forth opportunities for improvement after reflection.