Earth Day 2020- The climate crisis is not on hold

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Last updated 5 months ago by Flora Lehmann

Earth Day 2020

For many, the coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed our day-to-day lives, changing the way we connect and communicate. However, today is the day to think not only about our connections to the rest of the world, but also about our connection to the living, breathing earth we live on.

This year, for Earth Day, we have to remind ourselves of the joys of living in this world and the challenges it faces.

Climate Crisis and information

Dr. Peter Bijl, an assistant professor at Utrecht University, puts it quite cleverly in an opinion piece for the Nieuwe Rotterdamse Courant (NRC). He urges individuals to see that we are taking full precautions against the coronavirus with only half of the information, but in terms of the climate crisis, 100% of the information needed to take action has been available for a long time.

If you want to see how Utrecht is participating in the sustainability conversation, you can check out the footage of the Pathways to Sustainability Conference that took place on March 5th at the TivoliVredenburg here.

Earth at home

Around the world, appreciating this earth has become harder, and in a way more desirable as travel becomes more elusive. 

The New York Times has been publishing the 36 hours column for years, describing how to get the most out of travel in a short amount of time. Now, they turn to their readers to explain how they appreciate their time from home. We especially love this recommendation:

Check out Utrecht University’s Green Office’s initiative to help us become more eco-minded while we’re at home, and look into the challenge of “How are you growing?” for some creative inspiration:

We won’t forget the impact the coronavirus is making on the way we live, but we can take today to be more conscious about how we do. Start from home, and remember that the steps you take to reduce your footprint will leave a better path to walk on when you emerge.

If we’re lucky, when we step out we’ll see something as beautiful as this-

Sources:

Utrecht University

NRC

Utrecht Sustainability Institute

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Flora Lehmann

Flora Lehmann

Flora Lehmann is a German-American student. She has been living in the Netherlands for the last four years and recently moved to Utrecht to study Literature. She aspires to consult and report about relevant news and ideas in media. Flora has a background in economics and enjoys discussing business and growth methods. She has a keen literary mind and writes in her spare time.

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  1. Avatar Reimund Dürr says:

    Great article, thank you!

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