Today, April 22, 2020, marks the 70th Annual Earth Day. Most of the human beings on our planet are at home in the coronavirus
lockdown. It’s the perfect time to take a pause in the daily
occupation, to take a deep breath and consider all the warnings about
global warming and the nasty outcome that may lie in store for all
of us because of what we have done to negatively impact the planet.
The reality of global warming always seemed a bit far
away, as we went about recycling and changing light bulbs and taking
other baby steps that environmentalists insist are not enough to prevent
an ecological judgement day. We’ve now discovered
the fragility of the life we lead on this earth as we spend another
day in total lockdown.
If nothing else, everybody
can connect to the planet right now.
COVID-19 hit first and hard in China.
It was astonishing
to see Hubei Province and its biggest city Wuhan—“The
Pittsburgh of China”—shut down at the debut of the global
Gradually, as days passed, as factories and auto emissions turned
off and the skies above Wuhan cleared, the citizens of the planet
were shocked to see the thick veil of soot and smog erased, revealing
details of the region and city not seen in years.
people have been thinking about the environment for a long time; long
enough, in fact, to be remembered for their contribution and the words
I recall in 1964 sitting in Forest Hills Stadium here in New York
just before shipping off to Vietnam and listening to a concert starring
folk singer Joan Baez.
During that concert, she sang a song called “What
Have They Done To The Rain?”
At the time, we did not think too much about that music . . . we like
Joanie all right, but were frankly awe struck and paying attention
to something new, as Joan introduced a young singer named Bob Dylan
“as someone to watch.”
So as those memories
come forward, we celebrate the 70th Earth Day from our lockdown at
home in Queens, New York, a bit more aware than ever that our life
on this planet makes us all responsible. We are all facing the reality
that we are hanging onto this world by a very thin string.
is a link to our groundbreaking exclusive series that appears in FlyingTypers,
created by Robert Arendal, titled: Election
Time is Climate Time
Here you can see our
realtime biofuel flights map. These flights are a modest first
step in the right direction. The skies remain wide open for
even more of these movements as the clock keeps ticking and
our world keeps turning.