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Around the country, the public’s patience for staying home is wearing thin. Desperate lawmakers are trying their best to keep people home by issuing fines–even arresting those who defy orders, and in Illinois businesses that open too soon can now be charged with Class A misdemeanor under a measure enacted by Governor J.B. Pritzker
But even when businesses do reopen, precautions must be taken and will ensure that “business as usual” is merely a pipe dream.
Why This Matters: There’s no going back to how things were before–our world is forever changed because of this pandemic. However, some politicians keep perpetuating the myth that we can simply turn back the clock with the right precautions. We have to consider the workers and people who are most at risk and craft policies to protect them, not merely rush to reopen because people are having trouble staying home. With more than two-thirds of states significantly relaxing restrictions on how Americans can move about over the last few weeks, an uptick in cases is widely predicted–managing this cycle will take reconfiguring the way we’re used to doing things.
Getting Creative: Churches in many states will begin to reopen with fewer numbers, one Detroit priest has taken to shooting holy water from a water gun to maintain social distancing with parishioners.
60 Minutes Asks: Yesterday, 60 Minutes interviewed environmentalist Bill McKibben on how we use this time to address climate change as well as coronavirus. His answer:
Author Bill McKibben says we now have an opportunity to flatten another curve after coronavirus: “Flatten the carbon curve too… [T]hen people might look back in 50 years at this time and thank us, you know, instead of curse us.” https://t.co/a5D1kL9prtpic.twitter.com/TN3T9U9iXq
The Trump Administration announced last week that it has rejected the settled scientific evidence linking the pesticide chlorpyrifos to serious health problems, particularly in children. This pesticide, which is widely used on soybeans, almonds, grapes, and other crops, has been proven to harm children’s neurological development.
Why this matters: Under the false flag of transparency, EPA is putting children at greater risk.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to accept a petition that will grant the Joshua tree, the famous twisty-limbed yucca plant native to the Mojave desert, endangered species status for one year while the state conducts a study. The plant is now considered a “candidate species” […]
by Razi Beresin-Scher and Miro Korenha According to recent reporting from The Hill, atmospheric smoke is exacerbating the toll of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon and California. Smoke inhalation weakens the immune systems of those suffering from asthma and other underlying respiratory conditions, compromising their ability to recover from the virus. Researchers at the Harvard […]
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