fter a year of solitary, family or care-home confinement imposed on millions of us across the country, there is a lot of pent-up energy waiting to be released on 12 April. This is when the government further relaxes lockdown restrictions – this time to allow us to meet a limited number of friends and family outdoors at cafes, restaurants and pubs.
But in the midst of the excitement of meeting loved ones again, a key question will be whether the lessons we’ve learnt from ignoring the warnings of the pandemic, will transfer into the dire warnings we’ve had for years on the climate and ecological crises.
If you want to be warm outdoors, layer up with clothes, don’t turn your garden into an “outdoor living room” with fossil full burning patio heaters. Instead, go for a walk or cycle with friends, or go to a local pub that has the right kind of outdoor heating.