Here we were, 50 years in the making, and the weather in Boston for what was supposed to be a golden Earth Day celebration, was almost more like a late-November Nor’easter—minus the rain. But, nonetheless, cold, windy and drab. Doubtful that this is what Senator Gaylord Nelson had in mind for this epic day sometime in the very late 60s when he began imagining a way to draw attention to the plight of Mother Earth. The Wisconsin Senator “was disturbed that an issue as important as out environment was not addressed in politics or by the media.” So, he created Earth Day.”
Given the horrendous un-April like weather we’ve had here in the Northeast, pretty much all month—not to mention adding a sprinkling of Covid 19 to the dismal weather, and my overriding thought is that Mother Nature is really, really bleeping pissed at how we’ve so badly degraded this beautiful, majestic planet.
If there was a silver lining in all this, and perhaps there’s a bit of witchcraft on her part seeping through, it’s that this coronavirus pandemic has ostensibly shut down commerce around much of the globe, causing a giant portion of the normal transportation we do every month, week, even every day, to grind to a halt. As a result, people are seeing things they haven’t seen for years, maybe even decades . . . if at all.
And I’m not talking about the people in LA seeing wide open freeways. I’m talking about the people in LA, actually being able to see the downtown skyline to the west and the stunning San Gabriel mountains to the east, with its 10,000-foot, snow-capped Mount San Antonio. So, for the folks of in the metropolis sprawl of Los Angles, the smog capital of the country,
Elsewhere, people in Northern India can clearly see Earth’s highest peaks—the Himalayan Mountains. While the good folks in New Delhi can see the edge of the city, as never before; ditto in Paris. Pretty much anywhere on the planet, things are a little clearer, a little brighter; at least weather wise.
That said, it’s ironic, sad, and quite honestly, pathetic, that it took a major pandemic to allow people to see what could be. If we could just get off of carbon. To that, I’ll leave you with a final catch phrase: “Use less, green the rest.”