Pandemic relief #7 – One question on Earth Day

Today, 22 April is Earth Day. This day marks not only the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but also the anniversary of signing the Paris Agreement in 2016. A stark reminder of a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. On this symbolic day one can’t help but wonder where we are now and what road lies ahead.

A pandemic such as the coronavirus makes the vulnerability of humans and the planet in the face of global threats abundantly clear. It also demonstrates the importance of listening to scientific experts when they warn us about epidemics. Can we act on to their warnings regarding ecological destruction? The ongoing global crisis can be an opportunity to stop learning the hard way and build back better.

How about listening to scientific experts when it comes to ecological collapse?

Yuval Noah Harari, Earth Day 2020

We can in fact change things for the better if we are to take bold collective action based on climate science. The good news? Each of us can contribute by taking action. No matter how big or small. For instance, you can take a stance by making planetary lifestyle changes, engaging in climate advocacy or by practicing citizen science.

It won’t come as a surprise that one of my favourite initiative is in the realm of lifestyle, i.e. fighting climate change with diet change. We can make sustainable food choices even in times of crisis. Every day can be Earth Day. Provided we are ready to tell facts from fiction. Let’s make action a habit. Are you in?

Happy Earth Day,

Réka

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