The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inequalities of the world in which we live. It has shown us that our systems of normal were broken. 

Consumption was out of control. The food industry chose profit over people. Social opportunities favoured the few over the many, and our energy systems served only the wealthy while giving the rest of us increasingly polluted air and an accelerating climate crisis. 

But the pandemic has also revealed what things can, and must, change. It has given us hope, hope that a better world is possible. That we can have blue skies, clean air, healthy food, equitable societies, and happier lives. That we can live with less flying and less driving, and mobilise in new ways to uplift our communities in times of need. Together, we can reach and step into that new world; build back better with it, and love it even more.

Here, from all over the world, are stories of how.

This is a collection of stories from around the world, some of which are not written in English.
If you want to read any story in another language, please let us know.


What you can do: for others, for yourself, and for the planet

2020: the year disruptions change systems

The Climate Crisis, Covid-19, Racial Justice, #BlackLivesMatter… the many interventions to a broken system.

Africa

La respuesta de Greenpeace a la crisis Covid-19

La necesidad de dar respuesta a la crisis económica y social ocasionada por la crisis de la Covid-19 nos sitúa ante una oportunidad única.

Spain

Covid-19 et environnement : quelle sortie?

La crise du coronavirus provoque beaucoup de questions et génèrent naturellement des craintes – mais aussi de l’espoir.

France

Covid-19 and food sovereignty

Covid-19 has changed daily realities in nearly every corner of the world. But for millions of people, fears about access to food have made the crisis even worse.

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An ecology reading list for self-isolating environmentalists

There are over a million ecology books in print, and sorting through them might be a challenge. These are some of the essential classics in the field.

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Is disposable safer than reusable? Let’s consult the science

Are single-use packaging and containers actually safer? Is the fear of contamination from reusable containers justified?

Southeast Asia

Let’s save a little water for everyone

Recognizing that if there is a shortage of water for communities it will be difficult to get water to wash our hands. Given the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of this virus, there is a need for increased water-saving and sharing.

Kenya

5個家中抗疫的減塑貼士

新冠肺炎疫情之下,種種抗疫措施無可避免地影響到我們的生活節奏,甚至是「走塑」步伐!其實留在家中,照樣可以在各個細節中實踐綠色生活,同時不減抗疫力度!送上5個家中抗疫走塑小貼士,保障健康,也令環境更健康。

Hong Kong

How to be an activist from home

In a moment when the way to show we care is by keeping our distance as much as possible, fighting effectively for a safe and just society and planet can feel impossible.

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8 films to watch while you are self-isolating

If you’re at home and are looking for ways to learn more about the environment, here are a few suggestions of the films we are watching.

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Greenpeace Colouring Book

The Russian illustrator, Ezra W Smith, has created these illustrations to print out and colour in while we’re spending more time inside.

Russia

6 tips para hacer home office durante la cuarentena

Si el distanciamiento social provocando por el Covid-19 te obliga a trabajar en casa por primera vez, no caigas en pánico. Te damos algunos tips para que esta experiencia resulte disfrutable y productiva.

Mexico

Finding hope in the face of a pandemic

The Grocery Yard รถพุ่มพวงสีส้มคันจิ๋วที่อยากให้คนเมืองรู้จักเกษตรกรรายย่อยและมีอาหารปลอดภัยกินในช่วงวิกฤต

ช่วงวันหยุดสุดสัปดาห์ที่ผ่านมาผู้เขียนได้เดินเล่นแถวย่านฮิปสเตอร์อย่างอารีย์ เดินไปเดินมากับสะดุดตากับรถขายของชำเล็กกระทัดรัดคันสีส้ม พร้อมคำเชิญชวนของคุณส้ม (เล็ก) – อติพร สังข์เจริญ และคุณส้ม (ใหญ่) – อมรรัตน์ อมรศิริชัยรัตน์ให้แวะเขาไปดูสินค้า จากเริ่ม ๆ ที่จะแวะเข้าไปดูกลับกลายเป็นการพูดคุยอย่างออกรสถึงความเป็นมาของรถขายของชำสีส้มคันนี้

Thailand

The Coronavirus pandemic has created a rare crack in the system – let’s use it to create a better world

It’s not naive to imagine a better world – in fact, it would be stupid not to. Will our politicians prioritize a future where industries contribute to solving the climate crisis? Or will they simply restore the status quo?

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Can the pandemic sound the alarm on climate change?

Human intervention in the environment is impacting our health worldwide. A professor of biology explains how climate change relates to the transmission and spread of infectious diseases.

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You are stronger than you know and you aren’t in this alone

To my future self, I want to say that: “You are resilient, strong and fortunate. If you survive this virus remember that you did so, because of the people surrounding you”

Kenya

The future we want, and how to fight for it

Frente a una pandemia, el agua salva vidas

La crisis hídrica afecta al menos 350 mil chilenos que hoy viven a diario con el peligro latente de no tener cómo protegerse de esta pandemia mundial.

Chile

Milking the COVID crisis

If you are milking the Covid-19 pandemic to line yours or your industry’s pockets at the expense of the environment, we will call you out.

New Zealand

코로나 위기 속 석탄에 쓰인 1조 원, 왜?

두산중공업이 경영 위기의 원인인 석탄 발전소 사업을 중단하지 않는 이상 국민 혈세로 조성된 1조 원은 그저 ‘석탄 구제 금융’이자 또 다른 채무가 될 뿐입니다.

South Korea

¿Qué impactos tendrá el Covid-19 en nuestros hábitos de consumo?

Las medidas de mitigación derivadas del Covid-19 llevaron a que millones de personas cambiaran sus rutinas diarias de un día para otro. ¿Nuestros hábitos de consumo seguirán siendo los mismos?

Mexico