Refuse a return to the status quo

The following is a verbatim message I received from (‘an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all’). I don’t normally post such; but this one struck me as of sufficient importance as to warrant repeating. Think of it as a reblog :)

There’s a link at the foot to an ‘open letter’. I’ve signed it. I hope you will, too.


Like you, I’m scanning the news every day, anxiously waiting for signs that things are getting better. While many of us are still in the midst of the crisis, we’re also seeing glimmers of hope. Across Europe, people are standing in solidarity with one another, finding strength in their communities. In many countries, authorities are beginning to ease lockdowns and starting the slow return to normal.

But we must remember this: “normal” was already a crisis. “Normal” was inequity, oppression, and climate breakdown. “Normal” was fossil fuel companies digging, drilling and polluting, and getting rich in the process, while workers, public services, and our democracies suffered.

Instead of returning to normal, we need to build back better.

Fossil fuel executives are already lobbying governments and demanding breaks and bailouts – they will do whatever they can to hold on to power. The current crisis isn’t over, but all around the world we’re already raising our voices to refuse a return to the status quo and call for fundamental change: a Just Recovery.

Starting now, together, we’re building the foundations of a global movement calling for a new, better, normal. Because the choices we make in dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis will shape our society, economy, health, and climate for decades to come. So we’re not waiting for governments to listen to polluters and billionaires: we have our own plan.

Thousands of people and hundreds of groups and organisations are already supporting the 5 principles for a #JustRecovery:

  1. Put people’s health first, no exceptions.
  2. Provide economic relief directly to the people.
  3. Help our workers and communities, not corporate executives.
  4. Create resilience for future crises.
  5. Build solidarity and community across borders – do not empower authoritarians.

There’s so much grief and sadness for all of us at the moment, but there is also solidarity, hope, and urgency to come together across our different struggles, across borders, across divisions, and decide what kind of future we want. We’re only getting started.

PS: If you support the five COVID-19 #JustRecovery principles, add your name to this open letter which is signed by thousands of individuals from all over the world and over 450 different organisations.

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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17 Responses to Refuse a return to the status quo

  1. masercot says:

    This could shake up a LOT of things if people will just organize politically.

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  2. It’s interesting to see that they are calling for less authoritarianism (correctly in my view). I have already seen in this crisis saying that we need to just do as we are told, i.e. more authoritarianism. And through that, I can see how people like Hitler and Mussolini got elected. I’ve seen this on WP, and I do not like arguing with posts on here, so I generally just close them down quickly.

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    • pendantry says:

      Maybe I don’t frequent the same corners of the blogosphere you do, but I haven’t seen much of that. As for the rest of what you say: you’ll get no argument from me.


  3. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a tall order but a worthy one. Unfortunately, the Dems have already tainted the US stimulus. It is disgusting beyond belief, continuing to divert funds from those who really need it. True, we cannot go back to the old normal, but it’s not off to a good start in the U.S….

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  4. Bryntin says:

    Well it’s certainly a time for people to recognise that actually, a good life and clean planet is possible, if not even better, if they’re not all out there chasing their illusory and unobtainable dreams with waste and fuel burning and thereby contributing to burning it all down.


    • pendantry says:

      hmm… your comment got thrown into my spam folder for some reason :(

      I agree with you completely! We need a sea change in perceptions to tackle this beast!


  5. john zande says:

    We’ve seen who the “essential” workers are.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. lorriebowden says:

    This is an important post and I could not have said it any better! I feel like there was no choice but for something like this to happen that would force massive amounts of people to stop what they are doing and take notice to what is going on around them. Thanks

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