A lot of the circumstances that lead to the spread of the coronavirus have roots in the way that humanity has treated our environment. The virus likely originated from the wildlife trade and the impact that deforestation and climate change has had on the natural environment has disrupted the way that the ecosystem interacts with each other. People are becoming more aware of these issues as the effects of climate change impacts us all.
A survey of 2000 people has revealed that 64% of people are reconsidering their relationship to the environment. Conducted by OnePoll, the survey has shown that 70% of the participants said being home due to COVID-19 has made them more aware of their behavior. These eco wake-up calls included becoming more aware of wasting food (44%), using paper products more sparingly (43%) and being more careful about where they buy meat (38%). While these numbers are small, they do suggest that people are becoming more aware of their behavior.
“We’re living in unprecedented times,” said Mark Abrials, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Avocado Green Mattress. “Now, more than ever, we’ve been presented with an opportunity to reflect on and reassess our current way of living as a society, and help make strides towards adopting more thoughtful, sustainable habits.”
“Through this crisis, it has become undeniably apparent how connected our own health is to the health of our planet,” said Abrials. “We truly are all in this together, on a global scale, and even the smallest actions add up to create meaningful change.”
Here are some specific behaviors that the respondents have been changing.
ECO-FRIENDLY CHANGES RESPONDENTS HAVE MADE SINCE COVID-19 STARTED
1. Reduced the amount of food they’re wasting 44%
2. Used paper products more sparingly 43%
3. Been more careful of where they buy meat 38%
4. Shopped more sustainably 36%
5. Recycled more often 36%
6. Reduced my water usage 35%
7. Video chatting instead of traveling to see friends and family 29%
8. Reduced my commute 28%
9. Used time to read books instead of solely streaming shows 25%
10. Started using a community garden—or their own garden 19%