Today, April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Earth Day! If you're not familiar with Earth Day, it's mission is:
"To build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet."
It's obvious that climate change is real and some have even suggested that the pandemic crisis that we are currently living through is related to climate change. I'm not suggesting whether it is or isn't, but it's interesting that it's even a possibility.
While Earth Day and technology may not seem like they are related, there are strong ties between them. If you have noticed any of the stories about air quality during the pandemic, you have seen how some of the most polluted areas of the world are enjoying unprecedented air quality as most manufacturing and transportation has come to a halt. It's clear that we need to continue to invest in green technology to improve the emissions that damage our environment from these and other sources.
With all the talk of "new normals" perhaps this Earth Day will yield some important reflection on what we need to do to preserve some of the environmental benefits we have seen as a result of everything nearly coming to a complete stop during this time. These are not easy issues to tackle in the best of times. Let's hope we can learn from this very difficult experience and create a better future for our world. Happy Earth Day!