Let’s start with a trip down memory lane, back when things were ‘normal’ and bustling. As lockdowns and quarantine measures took effect around the world, something incredible seemed to be happening before our eyes. The world almost appeared to be healing, at least a little bit from the impact of climate change. Looking outside, we saw clear skies as far as the eye could see with wildlife-populated oceans and land. Humans got a glimpse into a world unknown, filled with nature, clean air, less waste, decreased pollution, and much, much more. But where do we start in confronting climate change following COVID-19?
Rising to the Occasion
In similar fashion, we’ve seen elevated conversations surrounding human rights, with efforts like small business fundraisers and compassionate moments between neighbors, community members, and more. But this is only the beginning. How can we continue these moments and movements as time marches on and enact real change?
What about the ‘wins’ for health? While millions fight against the coronavirus in a multitude of ways, we’ve discovered firsthand the passion our healthcare workers and first responders have for their jobs. We’ve continued to see compassion between people. And though we know mask use and social distancing measures work in slowing the spread, we must think bigger to enact necessary change. How can we make sure our buildings, homes, offices, schools, restaurants, and other commonly visited spaces are safe once again? Overall, as the world reopens and we discover our new normal, how can we make a change that’s right for all of us?
Confronting Climate Change Following COVID-19
It appears that the moving arrow of climate change isn’t slowing down any time soon. While the changes we’ve experienced throughout this pandemic (like decreased flight travel and commuting efforts) have helped in lowering carbon emissions and more, these temporary changes are happening at too slow of a speed. At this rate, we will not make a dent in the effort of combating or reversing climate change. Think of it this way: Emissions would need to lower by more than 25% to see a drop in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which in turn, could slow the annual global rise in temperatures. Right now, emission reductions are not sustainable since they are the result of an economic fallout, not a planned structural reduction.
Returning to normal, the normal we used to live, is bad news for our planet. If we revert back to our old ways, how can we possibly make a difference if we weren’t making one before? Luckily, clean air is possible without a pandemic. We must prioritize the right technology to help us along the way. Here’s what we can do to help:
- Prioritize Healthy Air. Bringing Healthy Air indoors is easy for us—it’s what we do. But outside, it’s a larger group effort. We must do what’s necessary to bring Healthy Air out into the world so we can help reduce the impact of climate change and keep our planet healthy, safe, and clean for years (and generations) to come. Healthy Air starts with change.
Prioritizing Humans and Experiences
Whether you use TV or social media to stay updated on world and local news, you’ve definitely seen neighbors, communities, and people all over the world coming together to fight causes across multiple platforms. But the same question still lingers, how can we continue to make positive changes that impact us all? The answer is simple:
- Calling on this quote from António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, we start “by respecting human rights in this time of crisis and building more effective and inclusive solutions for the emergency of today and the recovery of tomorrow.” We keep words like this in our minds, no matter the situation.
- Next, we continue our mission to fill every home with Healthy Air and provide resources to help everyone contribute positively to our environment—creating a healthier world for all.
- Finally, we rise to the occasion. Check out this resource from the World Health Organization and learn how we can start making a change and addressing human rights in the age of COVID-19.
Healthy Air, No Matter Where
Now that the world has continued to slowly reopen, we find ourselves back in spaces we haven’t seen in awhile. And, even now, these places are not as healthy as we expect. Though we continue to disinfect, wear masks, social distance, and make more like-minded changes, we forget a key component that we need every single day: Healthy Air. Did you know that indoor air is proven to be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside? Fresh air is good for all of us. When we find ourselves spending more time inside, we must ensure we’re breathing air that’s safe and healthy. Here’s how:
- Meet the AprilAire Healthy Air System®. Designed to introduce healthy, fresh air into your home, this system is comprised of 3 components. When used together, create an environment filled with Healthy Air and effective virus protection. This system can simultaneously introduce fresh air ventilation, air filtration, and humidity control into your home.
- Fresh air ventilation brings in fresh air while sending dirty air out. This system helps dilute and remove contaminants that linger in the air.
- Air filtration, along with our MERV 16 air filters, provides the highest rate of effectiveness by capturing 98%* of airborne viruses.
- Humidity control ensures that your home’s humidity is between 40-60 percent to minimize virus survival rates.
Together, we can make our ‘new normal’ better for all. See how an AprilAire Healthy Air Professional in your area can help you prioritize Healthy Air wherever you are.
*Contaminants removed based on air passing through the filtering system.
Note: AprilAire products are not intended to cure or treat any known airborne diseases. They can help in the reduction of airborne virus particles indoors.