50th Anniversary of Earth Day

As global citizens, we are facing unprecedented challenges: “One is immediate from a pandemic and the other is slowly building as a disaster for our climate. We can, will, and must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for a coronavirus. Leaders ignored hard science and delayed critical actions. [But] we still have time to prepare – in every part of the world – for the Climate Crisis.” . . . “ Thanks to heroic actions around the world, we will overcome and recover from the coronavirus. Life will return to normal, but we must not allow the return to business as usual. Our planet – our future – depends on it.”

This quote is from the www.earthday.org website that offers great resources, tasks, suggestions for us to take action for our planet. The site features: 22 days of Earth Day Challenges, apps & maps, posters, eco-friendly actions, “isolutions”, how to become a Citizen Scientist, plant-based recipes, and a multitude of ways in which we can work for the earth, both virtually and in ‘real life’.

During this pandemic, it has been said that the lungs of the earth are cleaner, and we have proven that collectively we are able to work toward a common goal in ‘flattening the curve’ of this outbreak. On this 50th Anniversary, while we can’t be out marching for the planet, we can still exercise our individual and collective responsibility to take action in this climate crisis. Together we can make a difference for the Earth!

~Pat McPhee