According to a survey, only 9% of Britons want life back to “normal” after the end of the coronavirus epidemic.
People have noticed significant changes in isolation, including cleaner air, more wildlife and stronger communities.
More than half (54%) of the 4,343 people who participated in the YouGov survey hope to make changes in their own lives and for the country as a whole to learn from the crisis.
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And 42% of participants said they enjoyed food and other essentials more since the pandemic, with 38% cooking from scratch.
The survey found that 61% of people spend less money and 51% noticed cleaner air outdoors, while 27% think there are more wildlife.
Two-fifths said there has been a stronger sense of belonging in their region since the start of the epidemic and 39% say they are catching up with their friends and family more.
The survey was commissioned by the Royal Society of Arts, alongside the Food Foundation, as part of its work to develop an action plan for more sustainable food and agriculture, land use and the rural economy.
Professor Tom MacMillan of the Royal Agricultural University, and head of research for the RSA commission, said: “These data show that there is a real appetite for change and for the nation to learn from this crisis. .
“People try new things and notice differences, at home, in their work and in the communities. “
MacMillan said this was particularly apparent with regard to food, agriculture and the countryside.
He added, “Along with the emergency response, it’s important to keep track of these changes in what we do and our collective mood, to help shape the kind of country we want to be, including the way that we want to feed on when we recover from this pandemic. ”
Matthew Taylor, RSA general manager, said that, while true, the immediate emergency was the priority, “We must use this time to imagine a better future.”
He said: “This survey shows that the British people are increasingly aware that the health of people and the planet are inseparable and that it is time to radically change the environment, society, politics and economy ”.