Hi friends! Happy Belated Earth Day! I hope you are staying safe and well and hugging the earth whenever you can. I apologize for my absence the past week; it’s been a busy work week and I had a post scheduled for Wednesday on the health impacts of mercury (in light of the recent proposed regulation relaxation), but publishing such a somber post didn’t feel right on Earth Day, so I saved the draft for another time.
Today, I have sort of a different style of post. Rather than a data-infused article, it’s more of a thought piece (or an op-ed, if you will) on what we can learn from the COVID-19 crisis to help us fight climate change. This piece is an excerpt of my latest for Planet Forward, so please visit their site for the full story.
I hope you enjoy! Thank you as always for allowing me the space to experiment with my creative and scientific pursuits. I am working on some posts about eliminating foods from your diet, If you want to read more about the environment in honor of belated Earth Day, I have a whole bunch of posts you can sort through:
- How you can fight climate change
- How does CO2 Contribute to Increasing Temperatures?
- How Does Climate Change Impact Human Health?
…and many more under the ‘Climate + Health and Sustainability‘
There are many similarities between the COVID-19 crisis and the climate change crisis: both are global threats to human health, the economy, and have the potential to disrupt life as we know it.
The major difference between the two is the time scale at which they are unfolding.
With coronavirus, the threat is palpable; we see it unfolding daily as cases and fatalities continue to climb, and the world scrambles to find treatments, vaccines, and strategies to adapt to a new reality in the face of a major threat.
Climate change, on the other hand, is unfolding a bit more slowly. While some directly see and feel its effects, for many, it seems like a distant and personally irrelevant threat.
Yet, these two crises both require a global cooperative effort to mitigate their magnitude of their destructive potential, and rely heavily on work done by the scientific community to project their paths and to create and implement solutions.
And importantly, both require not only the cooperation of governments around the globe, but also action of everyday citizens.…