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IEBG April 2020 Newsletter

     Remember way back to March 1 when we were fretting about NYC’s  plastic bag ban and how life altering it might be? Seems frivolous now, doesn’t it? Without a doubt, the coronavirus pandemic is a global tragedy, affecting every aspect of our lives with lightning speed. But this worldwide crisis is also a turning point for our other global nightmare which still looms in the background, does not move with lightning speed, but threatens to deliver higher and more permanent stakes. 

     According to a new United Nations Report the planet is way off track in dealing with climate change. "It is important that all the attention that needs to be given to fight this disease does not distract us from the need to defeat climate change," said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently. (See access to full report below)

     In this scary time we all are occupied with the myriad details of keeping ourselves and our families safe. If you feel up for it  here are some fresh perspectives on what coronavirus means for climate change.

What the Corona Virus Means for Climate Change

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-climate-change.html?searchResultPosition=1

Explores the positive and negative effects of the pandemic on our personal consumption and travel habits; whether the drop in global carbon emissions will reverse when economic activity resumes, and how the delay in gatherings of world leaders at climate summits will set back  compliance with the Paris Accord.

Five Ways to Take Climate Action While Stuck at Home

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/five-ways-take-climate-action-while-stuck-home

From the Climate Reality Project (Al Gore) here are ways to stay involved. Suggestions include give to environmental organizations, “green” your life, and participate in Earth Day Live events streaming from April 22-24.

Corona Virus Holds key lessons on how to Fight Climate Change

https://e360.yale.edu/features/coronavirus-holds-key-lessons-on-how-to-fight-climate-change

Posits that the current response to the outbreak could hold lessons for those urging climate action because both the pandemic and the climate crisis are problems of exponential growth against a limited capacity to cope. Offers concrete examples.

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019

https://library.wmo.int/doc_num.php?explnum_id=10211

Every year, WMO issues a Statement on the State of the Global Climate. It is based on data provided by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and other national and international organizations.

In the Know

Loop Store
https://loopstore.com/how-it-works

Have you ever heard of Loop Store? It’s a way to reduce reliance on single use plastics and packaging that ends up in landfills. Read about how they deliver and replenish the everyday products you use. 

Do this now!
"Mayor Bill de Blasio: NYC Needs To Compost"
Sign this petition in support of maintaining city food scrap pickup program.

http://chng.it/ZqdnVgPTvX

Life Goes On!
Below are some signs off spring, including some chalk art drawn by a creative family. The daffodils in the bottom left  corner are not spectacular, but they are from the daffodil giveaway that Melissa Elstein sponsored last fall!
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