Earth Day 2020 Can Be a New Beginning

On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was born, a tangible statement of the growing support for protection of our environment. Today it is celebrated every year in 193 countries around the world.

50 years ago, the golden anniversary of that first celebration and I often wonder why people fight so hard to ignore the lessons it has to teach. Patrick Moynihan the senator from NY once said “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Many in our country have the ability to “adjust” to the results of climate change. They fly away from an approaching storm, have insurance to fix its damage, but clearly you can’t distance yourself forever. No amount of denial or money will insulate you from the forces of nature as evidenced by the Pandemic caused by Covid-19

Earth Day Virus artwork

I created this image of a virus 1,000 times smaller than a spec of sand engulfing our world. The smallest bit of nature overrunning our whole planet.

It is hard to deny how dependent we are on one another, scientists and on the world community working together. Earth Day 2020 can be a new beginning.

Jay Beber is a freelance writer and lens artist specializing in Photoshop manipulation.

Artwork by Jay Beber

Editor’s note: The Suncoast Post has a great article on how to treat the Earth kindly from Jessica Barhitte.

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2020-04-22