Thank you for the powerful and timely message Julio. I had this exact discussion with my class of politics students the other day here in Australia. This all comes down to individual behaviour change and responsibility. Accelerated through social media and hyper connection, our consumer culture insists we believe that individual decisions have no collective impact. That we should be able to buy what we want to buy, and go where we want to go – whenever we want to. Indifferent to the pair of child hands which crafted our snazzy sneakers in some factory in Xinjiang, unperturbed by the environmental impact of using plastic, agnostic towards the belief that we as individuals can change the world. The question is can people make the imaginative leap in worldview and apply the same mentality of collective solidarity in the face of pandemic towards solving the world’s other problems. In the words of Antonio Gramsci: “I am a pessimist because of intellect, but an optimist because of will”. Good luck over there mate.

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