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by The Transhuman Hive of Turbeaux. . 75 reads.

April Environmental Agenda: Earth Day & Lessons From The Pandemic

As terrible as the distancing and economic slowdown of late has been, it is undeniable that it has led to a drastic decrease in air pollution across most of the world. Look at https://aqicn.org/map/world/ to compare the current levels in your area to levels in the past. As April 23s Earth Day approaches, Forest will be reflecting upon how recent measures have decreased our footprints and what we can continue to do to minimize them as social and economic norms return. I have drastically cut back on my already low use of automotive transportation. (It is incredible how many things can be done remotely!) Also, Earth Day is a wonderful time to appreciate nature (even if it is just from your yard), enjoy the clean air and lower levels of light pollution! (Here is a guide to some upcoming night sky events: https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/stargazing-events-astronomy-guide-night-sky-map-april-2020 ) However, please be sure to maintain distancing while you do this!

Here is a little Earth Day poetry to wrap this up with:

A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head
Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home
Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

Emily Dickinson, A Bird Came Down the Walk

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