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This past week for those of us in the United States we’ve witnessed our lives screech to a halt within a matter of 7 days. As we watch the news–and especially the devastation happening in Italy–we see that the strain on our healthcare system is about to become exponentially worse. For instance, just yesterday evening, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city only had 2-3 weeks before it exhausted key medical supplies. Doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, and even medical office workers are continuing to show up for work despite the threats to their lives and the dire shortage of medical supplies.
We owe an immense debt of gratitude to the people risking their health and safety to make sure that we have the healthcare, food supplies, and assistance we need to get through this crisis.
“So society’s *real* key workers have just been revealed. Not the bankers. Not the traders. Not the elite hedge fund managers. It’s the nurses. The doctors. The delivery drivers. The carers. The porters. The teachers. The shelf stackers. The check out staff.”
We thank all of our #FriendsOfThePlanet who are on the frontlines of this pandemic for their tireless work. We see you, we appreciate you, and we owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
For Caroline Shaw, a sourcing manager at a GE wind turbine plant in Florida, the “light bulb went on” after she had to hand out face masks (known as N95s) to a team of coworkers who were tasked with screening their fellow employees for COVID-19. With shortages of masks everywhere it is important to use […]
Dr. Sala leads the National Geographic Society’s program to conserve the last wild places in the ocean. ODP: The Coronavirus pandemic has harmed people around the globe. How will this global crisis help more people to see the importance of conserving nature for our own health and well-being? ES: The global pandemic is a tragedy […]
by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha Abraham Lincoln had a complicated legacy with the environment. He oversaw the expansion of the Industrial Revolution and during the Civil War, approved a strategy that included significant infrastructure and environmental damage. Specifically, throughout the South, Union troops burned cities and destroyed plantations, farms, and natural landscapes. Yet after […]