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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.
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
A 21-year old woman from the U.K., Jasmine Harrison, became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean — she did it in just over 70 days — surviving capsizing twice and a near collision with a giant tanker ship. Why did she do it, you ask? She said on her website, “I […]
This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent […]
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