You could be forgiven for thinking that all of the world’s problems that were top of our collective mind as we celebrated the closing of 2019 are now solved.


To be clear this is definitely not a scientific analysis, but 4 google searches where I search for the term ‘front page news xxx 2020’ and replaced ‘xxx’ with a month name and then looked at the image results. The four images below are the top two lines of the resultant search result.

In January

No mention of COVID-19

Results From Google Search : ‘front page news january 2020’

In February

No mention of COVID-19

Results From Google Search : ‘front page news february 2020’

In March

COVID-19 dominates

Results From Google Search : ‘front page news march 2020’

In April

COVID-19 dominates

Results From Google Search : ‘front page news april 2020’

Meanwhile what of Climate Change, The UN Sustainable Development Goals, the #METOO movement,

For example a Google search for Greta Thunberg over the past year reveals that she has totally fallen off the radar.

Of course it hasn’t all gone away. Once e have COVID-19 licked – we will all be back on pace – but hopefully this time it will be different. But that’s up to us.

What kind of difference do you want to see?

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