Different dimensions to our individual feelings about Covid-19 from denial to distress, despair, grief, supporting others and living in hope. Which one fits you best?

1. Denial 


How many of us protect ourselves from the disturbing truth of climate change by splitting off the facts and putting them in a box where they don’t need to trouble us. But as the impendinh crisis moves higher up the public agenda, many people are finding that this old defence is giving way and they're having to face the inevitable truths they've tried to avoid thinking about.

2. Distress and anxiety 


Shock, fear, anger, grief, sorrow, guilt, shame and threat all contribute to climate anxiety; feelings that overwhelm us as  we let the truths of climate change enter our every-day hearts and minds. These are natural reactions to realities many of us find dificult to understand. But understand them we must if we're to adapt to the changes necessary to safeguard Cottenham's future generations. Only the most selfish and self-engrossed members of our Fen-Edge Village community will ignore the call to action but we shall work for them too in the hope they'll eventually come round and dedicate their particular skills to the cause.

3. Loss and Grief 


When you’re feeling overwhelmed and despairing about the future, it’s hard to imagine you could ever reach a place where these feelings do not dominate your life. Coming to terms with the impacts of climate chang using a model of loss and grief which shows how it’s possible to find your way towards action that feels appropriate and a life that still holds meaning.

4. Supporting others 


Knowing how to support people who are suffering distress over climate change is essential. Learning how to create space, offer safety and warmth, and listen and respond reflectively to people struggling with the potential impacts of climate change will go a long way to maintaining morale.

5. Hope and despair


Competing narratives of hope and despair have emerged from ongoing climate change discussions. Both carry a desire for magical solutions without the difficult work faced by politicians and their scientific advisors. We need to step past these narratives and face the work that needs to be done within our own community.

6. Climate journeys 


These journeys draw on research to describe how people feel about climate change. They cover early realisation of what climate change means, to immersion in the facts and emotions it gives rise to. Followed then by a phase of frenetic action that can quickly lead to burnout; and finally to a place of ‘sustainable activism’ where involvement in climate action is balanced by a respect for other aspects of life and a capacity to continue finding joy in living and relationships.

The Silicon Fen-Edge Village of Cottenham

2020 will be noted in world history for the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak but by a strange quirk of fate it will mark a profound change in outlook for the five villages strung out along the southern borderland of the Greater East Anglian Fen. 

They sit like jewels in a crown along the northern border of  Cambridgeshire's world-renowned Silicon Fen known also as the Cambridge Cluster. Second only to California as a powerhouse for digital communications, and ahead of the game in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data sciences, Cambridge's Silicon Fen has brought vast wealth into the region for all to share as the new Mayoral Super-County of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for the 10 remaining years  of the 21st Century and far beyond 

Cottenham's Place in a Bright New Future

Cottenham is home to some very talented web developers, data scientists, geologists, geographers. social media specialists and publishers to help promote the village's transition into a world-beating knowledge centre for sea-level rises caused by global warming.

A Cottenham-based team is already leading the way on Covid-19 mapping and visualisation for Cambridgeshire, putting our village firmly on the UK digital map of expertise in Climate Science. The team has already assisted the National Health Service (NHS Digital) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) with real-time Covid-19 data distribution resulting in the Cambridgeshire COVID-19 Info Portal Daily 

All this is happening within the lifetimes of our children and grand-children from 2020 (12-year-olds), to 2050 (42-year-olds) and on to 2100 (92-year-olds) with sea-level rises resulting progressively in large swathes of Greater East Anglia submerged. Farming as we know it will largely give way to land drainage, alternative crops, major environmental schemes and digital developments to bring new forms of employment to the Fens for young and old alike.

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This is a tour of CovidPulse, a web map showing coronavirus trend lines (sparklines), since February. The map is updated daily with Johns Hopkins University data. This video introduces CovidPulse, talks about how it shows the data, and describes some insights from the map. Visit CovidPulse here: https://livingatlas.arcgis.com/covidp...

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Public Comments (10):
1. Goat House  1 month ago
Love the map it is quick and intuitive, certainly using it as a daily check up from now on. I am curious, would a comparison feature be feasible? It would be cool to be able to display the detailed graphs of various counties/states at the same time, right next to each other.
2. John Nelson  1 month ago
Goat House thanks! Yes that would be a cool feature.
3. Roger Mesen Delgado  1 month ago
Great explanation ! And wonderful wep app!
4. John Nelson  1 month ago
Roger Mesen Delgado thanks Roger!
5. Sally Shott  1 month ago
Thank-you.. great portrayal of time in place.
6. Savage Eat  1 month ago (edited)
Great work John, et al! I was tasked with building and maintaining a Covid Dashboard like many others this year. You mentioned prisons and meat packing plants in your video and I researched that correlation on my free time, because we experienced a small spike (seemed like a big one at the time) due to those variables. After some digging, I discovered that many meat packing plants have labor contracts with recent parolee's that are the main contributing factor to spikes in meat packing plants. The other correlation I found was with halfway houses that housed that same prison labor force under similar contracts. So, in at least a few locations in TX, COVID has traveled from the prison system then to meat packing plants / halfway houses via the same source. I thought this might be as interesting to you as it was to me. Cheers!
7. John Nelson  1 month ago
Savage Eat oh wow, I had no idea. Thanks.
8. Fabio  1 month ago
Is it possible to plot those sparklines on Arcgis PRO?
9. John Nelson  1 month ago
Golly, I don't know how. There are pie charts for some reason but I don't think line charts are available as feature symbols yet.
10. John Nelson  1 month ago
You can use a bar chart symbol, which might provide a somewhat similar result. Here's more info

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