By: Stephen Cornish, Chief Executive Officer

We find ourselves in extraordinary times. People are experiencing a heightened sense of fear and uncertainty, but also hope and resilience as we see communities coming together in unprecedented ways.

Our hearts go out to those directly affected by this global pandemic. And our deepest gratitude is for those tireless professionals working on the front lines to try and keep everyone healthy and safe. Thank you.

Thank you also to the everyday heroes who are reaching out to the vulnerable people in their families and communities with offers of much-needed support.

People are experiencing a heightened sense of fear and uncertainty, but also hope and resilience as we see communities coming together in unprecedented ways.

Just like with the climate crisis, we know we are in this together and that we need to join in collective action for the common good. As with the climate crisis, we know that we need to take this seriously and that the more we do now, the greater chances we’ll have of avoiding the most devastating impacts.

As an act of love for each other, let’s all follow close directions from the health authorities to help flatten the curve, help slow things down and save lives. At the David Suzuki Foundation, we are doing what we can to be responsible, contribute to the solution and protect staff, volunteers and their families. Self-distancing is critical. But we can and must take care of one another, be kind and get creative to support each other.

With so many unknowns, it’s hard to imagine what’s on the other side of this crisis. What will life be like afterwards? Maybe we’ll feel a greater sense of community. Maybe we’ll know our neighbours a little better and have more resilient networks. Maybe we’ll see the value in slowing down and finding peace in nature, even if that just means listening to the birds outside your window.

Self-distancing is critical. But we can and must take care of one another, be kind and get creative to support each other.

On the other side of this crisis, there is a whole world to imagine. And in that world, maybe we’ll have some confidence that when we take collective actions toward the common good, we’re all better for it.

Together, let’s imagine the world after this crisis — one where we recognize our interdependence and act in solidarity. One where “we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity, to interdependence.DSF Declaration of Interdependence