Wow, April 22, 1970. Where were you on the first Earth Day? I was a freshman at a small liberal arts college in Illinois. I knew several fellow students who were really activist minded about the environment, anti-war movement and other social issues. My geology professor was already a hard core environmentalist. The Nation wide and world wide Earth Day marches were quite something to see/read about.
Here we are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. There have been many reports documenting the effect that all of the stay at home orders have had on Earth. Have you seen the air quality/pollution studies showing the very dramatic decrease in smog due to few people driving? How about the video of the kangaroo hopping across an Australian city and only seeing one car? Geologists studying earthquakes are seeing subtle readings on seismographs that before have been hidden due to human activity.
I read somewhere that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is Earth’s way of scolding humankind and sending us to our rooms until we learn how to behave. Makes sense to me. It is my hope that the “new normal”, what ever that turns out to be, will show much more respect for Earth. Our existence depends on it.
— stay safe, wash your hands, stay healthy —
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I’ve never gone along with this earth day thing. If covid19 knocks enough of us off, then earth will survive… Not a believer.
Unfortunately, I was in Vietnam in ’70. But I consider Nature very sacred. Peace.
Glad you survived Vietnam. Thanks for the visit and the comment, because yes, Nature is sacred. Blessings….
We are so grounded! But just want to let nature know I’ll personally do better after this.
HaHa….well said! Thanks for the visit and the comment.
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Thank you for sharing your memories with us 🙂
It certainly was a tumultuous time. Thanks for the visit and the comments. Blessings….
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In 1970, my parents were just two innocent teenagers living in two different parts of the country. My fate was yet to decide… Thank god they finally met.
I’ve read some news about the facts you’re mentioning on the last two paragraphs. It’s amazing, isn’t it? It turns you don’t need Paris Agreement to save earth…