April 22, Earth Day celebrates 50 years. However, Earth Day 2020 will be markedly different than years past given the COVID-19 pandemic! With lockdowns and quarantines in place, there will be no celebrations or climate protests in the streets. But fear not, there will be countless virtual and digital events around the globe!
Participating in these virtual events can still allow your voice to be heard for a new beginning for the planet 🙂
“Thanks to technology, Earth Day will be going digital. People will have to engage in meaningful and impactful conversations about the environment via the internet. We can all participate from home while social distancing and protesting virtually. You can create a poster and share it on social media with hashtags #EarthDayNetwork; attending a virtual presentation organized by students, universities and other leaders and more.”
Earth Day 2020 virtual events
While Earthday.org virtual event 24 Hours of Action has come and gone, you can still head over and check out their site.
Earth Day Live was a three-day live streaming event online mobilizing to stop the climate crisis. “Strike, divest, and vote for our future.”
You can certainly use your social media channels to make your voice heard too! Speak out on Twitter. Let the powers that be know things needs to change! We may currently be physically apart – but ultimately, we can be stronger together. Earth Day is not just for one day. It’s everyday!
an opportunity to reevaluate things
In the words of Jane Goodall:
“the coronavirus pandemic was caused by humanity’s disregard for nature and disrespect for animals. We have to realise we are part of the natural world, we depend on it, and as we destroy it we are actually stealing the future from our children.”.
And beautifully stated by the Dalai Lama:
“We can no longer exploit the resources of this earth—the trees, the water, and other natural resources—without any care for coming generations. Common sense tells us that unless we change, we won’t survive. This Earth Day let’s resolve to live in harmony with nature.”
Essentially, we need to connect again with the natural world and not see it as apart from us!
More and more data is showing the climate crisis/pollution/virus connection. Even the Pope Says Coronavirus and Climate Change are Linked. People in more depressed neighborhoods near higher pollution are falling victim to the virus in higher degrees. Links are even being shown between factory farming and the coronavirus. Truth be told, none of these things should come as any surprise. Business as usual is killing not just the planet but us too!
Our current administration is not offering a whole lot of comfort – that’s for sure!! With countless people out of work and small businesses having to shutter their doors, the economic impacts are far reaching. However, this is NOT the time to give corporate polluters a “hall pass” or for the EPA to loosen restrictions. Nor should they be given millions in bail-out money leaving nothing to the small businesses that truly need it!!
things you can do
It does not have to be all doom and gloom. First and foremost, come November, PLEASE USE YOUR VOICE AND VOTE!! This cannot be stressed enough.
In the mean time, if you can and have the space, plant a little garden. This may be easier said than done – especially if you have little ones running about while you are working from home – but get them involved too. They will LOVE digging in the dirt! There is something incredibly rewarding about growing your own food.
Think Victory Gardens.
No space for a garden plot? Even growing some herbs on your windowsill or tomatoes on your balcony if you get enough sun will do too.
Eat better and exercise!
Studies are showing that the coronavirus kills more people with compromised immune systems the likes of diabetes, obesity, hypertension. Now more than ever, you should get healthy. So eat better and exercise! Doing so could literally save your life against the virus!!
Be mindful of your future spending. Think before you buy!
Ok folks, no one is exactly rolling in the dough right now. Moving forward, consider how and where you spend. There will always be necessities. However, just because you can shop online for crap you likely don’t need does not mean you should. Not to mention you could be putting some else’s life at risk to bring you some silly trinket.
Look under the hood at the companies where you may spend your hard earned dollars. You may NOT like what you see. How have they treated their employees during the pandemic? Are they more concerned with their shareholders than health and well-being? Do they have an ethic of generosity – of values and purpose? Learn about B-corporations. Educate yourself on companies that may be Greenwashing.
we’re in this together…
We can see this as an opportunity for a new beginning. Take action this Earth Day and be heard! Be more mindful of your actions and the impact it can have on the ecosystems around us. They are vital to our survival. Keep in mind, they don’t need us, but we need them.
And while you may be pulling out your hair in quarantine, animals across the globe have been given a hall pass without humans around.
These little video snippets will be sure to put a smile on your face.
This Earth Day, be sure to thank ALL the healthcare workers who have been risking their lives to save yours. And grocery clerks and delivery drivers who have been essential.
Lastly, it appears Treehuggers had it right all along!!
And DON’T HOARD TOILET PAPER 🙂
Written by Barbara Rogers of Future Primitive Graphics. Graphic Designer and Nature Inspired Art photographer visually enhancing client’s print and digital media. Creatively collaborating with those who genuinely want to make the world a better place.