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Tish Levee - For the Planet

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2020-06-14Jun 14, 2020

As I write this every state’s begun opening up from shelter-in-place, but we don’t know how well that’ll work. Several countries and states have seen spikes in COVID-19 cases when restrictions were lifted. For the foreseeable future, we need to stay home as much as we can—practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and wash our hands as often as possible.  Most of northwestern California is already in a severe drought. While washing your hands, turn off the tap after you wet your hands and save 2-5 gallons daily. The County Health Department’s banned the use of reusable shopping bags during the pandemic. However, many stores will let you put your groceries back in your cart and take it to you car. Before going "back to normal" what if we were to realize that we don’t own the Earth or other people or have any inherent rights such as mineral rights?  Would we be exploiting the Earth as we do?

2020-03-30Mar 30, 2020

April is a big month for Climate Action; the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is April 22nd. Events were planned globally for the entire week. But as we move into shelter-in-place worldwide, those events — marches, climate strikes, tree plantings, and etc., have been canceled physically and are going virtual on the internet. We’re not turning our backs on the Climate Crisis. As a matter of fact, our interconnectedness in the face of this virus have made us even more aware of how we all are one people on one planet. Here are some suggestions for climate activism that does not involve striking in public.

2020-02-01Feb 1, 2020

While this means Sonoma County, I want to take a wider perspective. We need to love where we all live—this planet. If we really love it and if we love our children, we have to get really serious about saving it for the future. Already, we’ve lost so much of what we cherish. Because the losses’ve been incremental, we don’t always see them until some cataclysmic event such as the fires (followed by floods, hailstorms, and dust storms) in Australia.

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