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World Environment Day 2020: The year of flexibility, change, variation & evolution !

World Environment Day 2020: The year of flexibility, change, variation & evolution !

In living memory, never perhaps has there been a time where truly the entire world has shut down and is struggling to grapple with health, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental turmoil all at the same time. 2020 has not been an easy year so far.

Covid-19 has both divided and united the world simultaneously and at large. Among other challenges, climate change looms over us with frequent reminders of nature’s imbalance whilst prompting us to rethink about the way we live. 

In all likelihood, ongoing events and those leading up to them will have a far-reaching impact on all of us.
We may see the following responses to shape our resilience:

The emergence of the home as a sanctuary
Change in planning and design of different asset classes
Decentralisation of downtown
More Mixed-Use and Mixed-Income self-sufficient neighbourhoods
Importance Transit-Oriented Development
The emergence of new asset classes and their combinations
Experience of merging virtual and physical spaces
Need for flexible spaces
Use of new and improved technology
Focus on sustainability, health and wellness

Our resilience and transformation may not just be limited to trends alone, but in truly evolving the way we live, learn, work, play, eat, drink and socialise. These difficult times are teaching us what is important and for the right reasons. They are reminding us of what we do not want with clear insight into what a brighter future could be.

Despite all current challenges, the skies are bluer, the air is cleaner, water is purer, flora and fauna seem to be regenerating and we are sure that we like it this way as compared to how it has been. Perhaps and hopefully, we will see the silver lining in these dark clouds and the year 2020 in the future will come to represent the idea that hindsight was indeed 2020; and that we as humans changed our ways for the better to deserve a sustainable and healthy future.

Reference: Hindustan Times

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