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In the midst of the economic slow-down and dreadful loss of life resulting from coronavirus, we are also seeing nitrogen dioxide clouds lifting; the air smells sweeter, birdsong is louder and rivers look cleaner.

During this global economic pause, I stood beside a river and watched four otters playing for ten minutes, as close as ten metres from where I stood. I felt alive to the responsibility we have to be good stewards of our environment.

I also reflected that cultural change follows war or disease and wondered what the implications of the coronavirus crisis might be for planning, design, the natural world and how we live in the future.

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