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In a letter to “the World” that was published in the French daily newspaper Le Monde , a group of 200 international celebrities, including Madonna, Cate Blanchett, Penélope Cruz, ⁠Adam Driver, Robert De Niro and dozens of other actors, singers, and Nobel Prize winners, and other influential personalities all asked that we not return to the “normal” that led us to the brink of this pandemic, and instead reconsider our “new normal” to be more thoughtful, less consumer-driven and healthier. The opinion piece, initiated by Juliette Binoche and Aurélien Barrau, was addressed to world leaders and citizens alike and called for us all to deeply consider the impact of our consumer lifestyles, our habits, and the impact we have on the planet with our lifestyle choices. Called “Non á un Retour á la Normale,” it means, ” No to a Return to Normal.” The letter reads in part: “The Covid-19 pandemic is a tragedy. This crisis, however, has the virtue of inviting us to face the essential questions. “The assessment is simple: the “adjustments” are no longer enough, the problem is systemic. The letter calls for a new way of thinking that includes a radical change in the world […]

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