Still Learning To See

Earth Day 2021

A week ago I was looking at the Forsythia bush shown above, blooming it full glory. This morning, Earth Day 2021, it looks like this:

Late April snow is not unusual in Vermont but climate change is so obviously upon us—and the rest of the Planet—with more and more disruptions to “normal” weather all year round.

As we can begin to see the end of the global pandemic, I more than ever appreciate the courage the Biden/Harris administration took this week to say in nine short years we WILL reduce CO2 emissions by 50% compared to 2005 levels. This is a bold move that, to be achieved, will require the support of all of us. Perhaps we can all consider some of what we’ve done without in the past year and ask “do we need that in the next nine years?”

Earth Day 2021, honoring the only home we all have, and recommitting to doing what I can to have it be a place our grandchildren and their grandchildren can live in.

This entry was published on April 22, 2021 at 7:29 am. It’s filed under Flowers, Garden, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Snow, Spring, Vermont, www.johnsnell.photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Earth Day 2021

  1. ehwfram on said:

    Such a moving post – thank you!

  2. I so much agree with your comments on the climate crisis and I also applaud Biden’s challenge for America.

  3. Julia on said:

    Thanks so much, John, for honoring this 51st anniversary of Earth Day–and for using the incredible Earthrise photograph:
    http://100photos.time.com/photos/nasa-earthrise-apollo-8

    I’ll be watching today’s virtual Climate Summit, so very glad to have Biden taking the initiative to call these leaders together.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/04/22/biden-climate-summit-live-updates/

    The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth–and on June 5, World Environment Day, the U.N. will announce the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration:
    https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/new-un-decade-ecosystem-restoration-offers-unparalleled-opportunity

    These are noble goals–but as you say, each of us must choose to do our part. I’m inspired by how GLOBAL this idea of restoration is:
    https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/earth-day/

    You have always been an inspiration in terms of your dedication, especially to trees. Thanks for your passion for our planet.

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