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Jennifer Lewis: ‘The Earth rises tomorrow’



Published: 4/29/2020 2:00:37 PM

I would like to share with the Gazette’s readers the best explanation I’ve seen of the coronavirus pandemic. It comes from an old and dear friend’s blog (katharinepreston.com).

She and I both have graduate degrees from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and we spent many years working in natural resources. Her statement speaks both to the pandemic and to the concerns expressed in several recent letters to the Gazette about the urgency of the climate crisis.

“It [the pandemic] is a blunt, predicted reality, reflecting yet another facet of what we are learning — all too slowly — about how the human/planet interaction works when stressed. Reductions in habitat due to outright destruction, and climatic seasonal changes, combined with poverty, brought wild animals harboring viruses into the stomachs of hungry humans. One virus among billions crossed the species barrier into brand new territory, a human body without immunity, most likely with lungs compromised by air pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels. The rest is history — being written as I write. And we have no idea how it will all end. … Just stay safe. Do your part. The earth rises tomorrow.”

Jennifer Lewis

Westhampton



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