It’s been a full year since my last Earth Day post. A year ago, we were still very much in the midst of a pandemic, and most Earth Day events had been cancelled. I thought, surely, Earth Day 2020 – the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – was unique, and next Earth Day, things would be back to normal. Maybe we would have learned some lessons had as things got back to normal, we’d commute less, fly less, and generally pollute less.
Well, things still aren’t back to normal yet. Whether there will be any substantial reduction in our carbon emissions when things eventually do get back to “normal” is yet to be seen, but I’m not holding my breath.
An article from Nature at the beginning of 2021 said there was an initial drop in carbon emissions when the pandemic hit, but emissions have nearly returned to normal.
But on a more positive note, here are some fun Earth Day-related links to check out:
- EarthDay.org: The official site of Earth Day
- I’m watching Earth Days, a documentary about the history of Earth Day, on Kanopy (free through most libraries).
- The US government cares about our planet again! Hooray! President Biden will announce a plan today to cut our emissions in half (from 2005 levels) by 2030.
- Fun activity: Calculate your carbon footprint