It looks like after all the abuse our species has heaped on our home planet, the Earth Goddess — Mother Nature, Gaia, whatever you want to call her — is striking back.
But there are some silver linings:
Pollution down. Traffic down. Crime down. Telemarketing down. Junk mail down. Fossil fuel consumption down. No school shootings. With increased hand washing, social distancing and ending the archaic custom of hand shaking, illness and deaths from a lot of other diseases will also be greatly reduced.
Without competing man-made noise from traffic and industry, the songs of bird and other sounds of nature can once again be heard.
Certainly, a total shutdown cannot continue indefinitely. The time will come to re-open (and is already beginning, prematurely I fear, in many areas — but thank you, Georgia, Texas, Florida and others, for using YOUR states as guinea pig lab rats so the smart states don’t have to put our people at risk as we continue safe practices). Certainly not everything is sustainable on a permanent basis, but a lot is.
But hopefully on the other side of this, people will find that they liked working from home, no long commute, companies saved money on facilities, no expensive travel to meetings and conferences that could be Zoomed… Hopefully many of the changes will remain permanent.
And Mother Nature — the Earth Goddess — is going to show us that the Green New Deal, which our leaders said couldn’t be done when we had to scale back to protect the future generations, is suddenly possible after all.
April 12, 2017