Earth Day’s New Urgency in the Era of COVID-19

A city worker closes an area of Newport Beach in California, United States, April 10, 2020 (AP photo by Chris Carlson).
A city worker closes an area of Newport Beach in California, United States, April 10, 2020 (AP photo by Chris Carlson).

This Wednesday, most of us will commemorate the 50th Earth Day not by frolicking in nature but by hunkering down in the comforts of our built environment. That’s a pity, because it’s pretty out there. Suddenly blue skies and cleaner water are showing us what a healthier environment might look like, if only our governments took decisive action to decarbonize the global economy and if we stopped running down the natural capital assets upon which our prosperity and indeed survival depend. Beyond a chance to daydream of a greener future, our current quarantine provides an apt moment to reflect on […]

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