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But lots of people are ignoring the rules — there are many videos on social media and the news showing people refusing to keep their distance. And wearing masks is optional in most “open spaces,” for example, in the National Parks they are “encouraged” but not required. Many people from all over the country are descending on beaches and national parks and very few are wearing masks. And airlines are requiring masks, they are also packing passengers onto the few flights they are running and not spacing them 6 feet apart, leading to lots of criticism.
Why This Matters: We need a serious national conversation about what will keep us safe as we ease back to some semblance of normal activity and interaction. Re-opening is in many ways harder than closing. But each one of us can protect the others around us. Social distancing rules are hard for governments to enforce. We all can encourage everyone to abide by the rules and heed the warnings of law enforcement and doctors. Let’s take care of each other as if our lives depend on it — because they do.
The coronavirus pandemic has compounded food insecurity around the world and in the United States has placed great strain on foodbanks. As a result, faith groups have worked diligently to help feed their neighbors. As CNN reported, Gurpreet Singh and other members of the Sikh community in Riverside, California, started to organize efforts to […]
We asked Lori about Climate Power 2020’s work to stop the spread of climate misinformation on Facebook. ODP: Facebook promised it would fact check misinformation and even created an Oversight Board and fact-checking operation to make sure it was not spreading lies. But disinformation about climate change is still getting posted on Facebook. What happened? […]
Climate change is having long-term effects on the marriage prospects of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India,The Conversation reported today. As part of a larger project running from 2018 to 2021, the researchers interviewing over 1000 farmers to learn about the “increasing vulnerability of agriculture” in the region. What they found was, in their own words, “unexpected.”
Why This Matters: As the researchers note in their study, “the focus on climate change hitherto has mostly focused on the impacts on the natural environment.”
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