3 weeks ago, while walking on Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, I was approached by a young woman and 2 camera men. She asked me if I would consent to be interviewed for SinoTV about current affairs. My first thought, being the high-minded person I am was, “But I’m not wearing make up!”. Once we moved beyond that, the woman began asking me questions about Corona virus, and ended by asking me if I had a message for the people of China. Feeling the weight of responsibility speaking for all the people of the United States, I said something inane about hoping everyone would feel better soon, and hoping they were able to get the care they needed. I still feel pretty stupid about that experience, but I do want to share what that experience and this whole Corona virus situation has reinforced for me.
I started this environmental blog because it is something I feel very strongly about. With our new reality of social isolation, medical equipment shortages, and the certainty that things are going to get worse before they get better, it was beginning to feel a little silly to be writing about composting and energy efficiency. But if there’s one thing I have learned from this pandemic, it’s this: there are no borders anymore – we are all citizens of the world. Just as it has proven impossible to prevent the spread of COVID 19 among countries, the effects of environmental degradation are felt by all of us everywhere. We ALL have to take care of our piece of the planet, or we’re ALL in big trouble. So, even while I’m socially isolating, masking and gloving to help take care of my 96 year old mother, and cleaning my house like a crazy person – I am going to keep on sharing my adventures in living a more environmentally aware life.
This epidemic will end. Hopefully we will have learned something about global cooperation and interconnectedness. And hopefully that understanding will translate to how we all take care of our planet. Stay well and stay tuned for my next blogs!