Wow, have we had a difficult past year... From the devastating, and little reported, Amazon Wildfires to Australia's heartbreaking char, to the birth of a new Coronavirus sweeping across borders with its own major fallout, there has been no shortage of challenges for the residents of this world.
Throughout this pandemic, we have been witness to events across the world that have brought hope and promise. People are finding previously untapped ways of connecting and supporting one another. With the light of these souls, the Earth has also shined in ways we haven't seen in decades:
- For the first time in 30 years, the people of industrious Punjab, Northern India are able to see the peaks of the Himalayans due to lockdown measures
- In the early part of April, LA was toted as having some of the cleanest air of any major city in the world (say wha?)
- These NASA images of China show us what halting production does for NO2 emissions
- Or how about these cuties?
It was a mere 50 years ago when the nation wildly supported a very special day created to honor, educate, and promote the protection of Earth and its ecosystems. In a time where people were excited about production and advances, Senator Gaylord Nelson became a beacon for awareness and a brighter, more-conscious future. In 1969, he introduced the new idea to a conference in Seattle. According to Nelson, “Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.”
The people made waves. Their voices were heard. Do not minimize the impact of your voice.
Fun fact: Now over 192 countries currently observe this day and over *1 BILLION* people mobilize efforts every Earth Day.
And just in case you're thinking, "Gosh, I really want to make some more thoughtful choices, but I guess Earth Day is over..." Fear not. For next week, dear friends is Earth Week!
This week has found itself serendipitously on our calendars as we navigate our way back into a new normal. Whatever positive effects our seclusion has offered the environment, know it 'twas only a glimpse. Let us create mindful routines and practice the ever-elusive self-care. Let every small gesture snowball into a greater impact. Next week, we'll be rolling out ways you can create a difference in your daily life.
Our personal pledge is to be more thoughtful in regards to our own grocery trips. Being prepared with our lists and limiting our trips is simple, saves us time and frustration, and creates less of an impact on our environment (talk about a bonus!).
What are ways you can alter your routine for the benefit of the bigger picture?