An Earth Day Reset?

Hey everyone!

It’s your boy D! I hope you are all doing well during this time of quarantine! Over here, it’s been pretty weird spending all this time in the house, but it’s given me some time to find out more about myself. For example, I’ve found out that I’m messier than I think I am and I can also eat a family size bag of potato chips in one sitting. Proof that you can do anything you put your mind to, I guess.

I wanted to take a brief pause from Netflix to wish you all the best for one of my favorite April holidays! No, not 4/20, though that would explain the bag of chips, nor Marathon Monday (or Patriots' Day to us OG Mass folk) as that will be delayed until fall this year. I’m talking about Earth Day, the day we reflect on our connection to our planet and/or perhaps pray to the Nordic patron saint of the environment, Greta Thunberg. However you observe the day, I’m here for it.

To me, Earth Day has always been special, as it provides an excuse to literally stop and smell the roses. It’s an official invitation to come back to nature and be one with the flora and fauna. It’s a day where I can express my inner hippie with reckless abandon. More importantly, it is a conscious reminder of the planet’s fragility and, in turn, our own. I know…it’s deep.

This year we don’t need a reminder of the importance of our health, both individually and collectively. It’s on the news, on our social media, in our living rooms. It’s almost constant. Our environment can affect our health in many other ways too. The effects of climate change on disease have been well documented, as our lungs, hearts, digestive systems and even our mental health can be impacted. There is a direct connection between a healthier planet and a healthier you. A point that I plan to research further, so I’ll share what I find out with you too. In the meantime, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published some easy-to-digest info on climate change and health, including this gem below.