Did you know that Earth Day 2020 is Wednesday, April 22?

While every day is a good day to be kind to our planet, this day is set aside for us to show our gratitude for the Earth and get into new habits, if needed.

There are, to a certain degree, some parallels that can be drawn between the current COVID-19 pandemic and some of the other contemporary, environmental crises our world is facing. In this sense, the 2020 coronavirus pandemic may lead to a deeper understanding of the ties that bind us all on a global scale and could help us get to grips with what are considered to be the top ten environmental challenges on this planet. Here is a list of the current top environmental issues you’ll hear about and you may be concerned:

10. Climate Change
9. Ecosystems & Endangered Species
8. Deforestation
7. Pollution
6. Water Scarcity & Water Pollution
5. Loss of Biodiversity
4. Overpopulation
3. Waste Disposal
2. Land Management & Urban Sprawl
1. Public Health

Right now, we are seeing the devastating consequences of under-prepared health systems. The global health crisis we find ourselves in has forced us to dramatically change our behavior in order which is needed to protect ourselves and those around us, to a degree most of us have never experienced before.

The World Health Organization suggests that this temporary shift of gears could lead to a long-term shift. This could result in an equally dramatic and sustained shift in behavior that will be needed to prevent any additional, irreversible damage.

According to EarthDay.org, “One silver lining of all these restrictions is that carbon emissions from fossil fuels could fall by 2.5 billion metric tons this year — the largest drop on record. Energy use has also declined, and since December, the U.S. is down 5 percent, with an increase in the use of wind and solar.”

What are some simple things can I do now?

A little goes a long way when it comes to being greener!

We will eventually overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully then we can hold onto a sense of shared humanity and we can rebuild our social and economic systems to make them better, more resilient, and compassionate.

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