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"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."
Today, on World Earth Day, in a world that has been forced to stop, we can sit back and enjoy the peace that this brings.
Amidst the turbulence, the financial strains, the claustrophobia within the walls of our respective houses and the complicated cat's cradle that is balancing home schooling with work, one thing is truly thriving in our relative absence.
The skies have fallen all but silent. There are so few cars on the roads. Trains are running heavily restricted services. The price of oil has fallen into negative figures for the first time in history.
Our planet can BREATHE.
"Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India's getting views of sights not visible in decades. Nitrogen dioxide pollution in the northeastern United States is down 30%. Rome air pollution levels from mid-March to mid-April were down 49% from a year ago. Stars seem more visible at night.
People are also noticing animals in places and at times they don't usually. Coyotes have meandered along downtown Chicago's Michigan Avenue and near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. A puma roamed the streets of Santiago, Chile. Goats took over a town in Wales. In India, already daring wildlife has become bolder with hungry monkeys entering homes and opening refrigerators to look for food. When people stay home, Earth becomes cleaner and wilder."
It's incredible to think of these wild animals reclaiming ground, exploring the concrete jungles that we have created, they must marvel at how man lives, how man fences himself in.
This is also proving a time of giving back to one another. Countries and communities uniting. A time for us to practice humility, to share, to love.
So on this World Earth Day we celebrate Mother Nature and the lessons she is teaching us. I just hope that once all of this is over we will move forward with a new understanding of how to treat one another and the need to nurture and protect our planet.