Tag Archives: CoronaVirus

Whipped by the ‘Long Tail’ of the Coronavirus

When the E.R. nurse asked if I’d been short of breath that day,
I replied that I’d been short of breath for 65 days.

By Jodie Noel Vinson | July 13, 2020 — The New York Times

On day 45 of our illness, my husband, Marc, and I woke up and looked at each other. Our symptoms had always been eerily in sync. Now the constriction in our chests was unmistakable. It was back. It was worse.

Read the article for free at The New York Times . . .

COVID-19 and Climate Connections May 2020

I’d make this distinction between the
“flatten the curve challenges” of CoV-2 vs. CO2

The former involves a dramatic shutdown of economic activity, which tends to hurt people most who are already the least privileged,

whereas the latter involves a dramatic shift of economic activity,
which offers the possibility of helping the most marginalized in our society
experience more equal opportunity.

So, we don’t want to reduce emissions by putting people out of work;
rather, we want to put people to work reducing emissions.

For a healthy planet, we need a healthy body politic

Crises have a way of laying bare some home truths.

Letter from OCA chair Ed Chadd: https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-healthy-body-politic/

Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now 4/10/20

Amy Goodman interviews Noam Chomsky

“[Climate change] is a far more serious threat than the coronavirus, [which] is bad and serious, but we’ll recover somehow. We’re not going to recover from the melting of the polar ice sheets. . . .  Just recently, there was a very interesting leak, a memo from JPMorgan Chase, America’s biggest bank, which warned that, in their words, ‘the survival of humanity’ is at risk if we continue on our present course, which included the funding of fossil fuel industries by the bank itself.”

COVID-19 and Climate Connections April 2020

What connects Climate Change with CoronaVirus
What connects CoronaVirus with everything else

Climate Change Won’t Stop for the Coronavirus Pandemic — ProPublica

Pandemic Prescriptions for the Climate Emergency — Stan Cox

Why Jane Goodall says human disregard for nature led to the coronavirus pandemic
— PBS News Hour

COVID-19 & Climate Change: What does this mean for the fight against the climate crisis? — ClimateAction.org

Pandemic Billionaires and Corruption, Corruption Everywhere

COVID-19 and Climate: Implications for Public Health — Climate One

Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal Free to read in The Financial Times

The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next – DemocracyNow! video interview

An Earth Day Declaration by the Connecticut Climate Crisis Mobilization (C3M)

What the Covid-19 Crisis Tells Us:
Advances in Public Health and Action on Climate Must Proceed Hand in Hand!

Coronavirus and Climate Change: How to Save Lives During Crises — Yes!

ClimateFwd: April 12, 2020 — The New York Times

Saving People from Coronavirus Can Teach Us How to Do the Same for Climate Change — Yes Magazine

George Monbiot

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilization

A bubble has finally been burst – but will we now attend to the other threats facing humanity?
–The Guardian

George Monbiot

Heated: A newsletter for people pissed about the climate crisis

HEATED: a podcast showing how the COVID and climate crisis stories are actually the same story

Destroyed Habitat Creates the Perfect Conditions
for Coronavirus to Emerge

COVID-19 may be just the beginning of mass pandemics
— Scientific American

This aerial photograph, taken on September 30, 2019, in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, shows an area devastated by logging. Credit: Alexis Huguet Getty Images

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Bernie Sanders & What Gives Him Hope — DemocracyNow! interview

6 lessons the coronavirus pandemic can teach us about our response to climate change — EarthDay.org

New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates — The New York Times

Lessons from the Coronavirus Can Help Us Overcome the Climate Crisis

What are the parallels between climate and COVID? — Yes Magazine

Friedman: With the coronavirus, it’s again Trump vs. Mother Nature
April 1st, 2020 | by Thomas L. Friedman / The New York Times

350.org Crowd-sourced Music Video Project

Ahlay Blakely (The People’s Echo, 350 Seattle), 
Austin Smith (Video, 350 Seattle), 
David Solnit (Art.350.org


Song is feeling extraordinarily elemental right now more than ever. 

What are some of the oldest songs you can remember? Song is history: slavery, abolition, civil rights, fair wages, the American Indian Movement just to name a few. Songs are like tiny capsules of information that we send into the future, so that the coming generations can know what we were thinking, feeling, doing and how we were acting.

We are inviting you to participate in a simple, virtual musical project to continue to act together in times of technological social distancing. We want to creatively sing out together to protect our communities during this pandemic. Movements have always faced obstacles and creatively innovated to overcome them. This particular song is a part of a campaign called Stop The Money Pipeline – a national campaign launched in January 2020 to pressure J.P Morgan Chase, Liberty Mutual and BlackRock to STOP FUNDING FOSSIL FUELS.

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COVID-19, Capitalism, and Climate Disruption

How will the coronavirus change perceptions
of climate change

By Krestine Reed

I’ve become interested in how COVID-19 sequestration (a.k.a. social distancing and shelter-in-place) may effect GHG and other factors contributing to climate change. There is much being written that acknowledges just how little time is required to make a significant visible and measurable change. We are currently emerged in a real-time case study that shows how existing energy and economic systems adapt to abrupt changes. I’m just hoping that those in the power seats are paying attention. Here is an article of interest that was in Scientific American, March 12, 2020.   

“History suggests that global disasters, particularly those with major effects on the economy, tend to drive a temporary decline in carbon emissions. The 2008 recession, for instance, was accompanied by a temporary dip in global carbon emissions.  On a local scale, the climate impact of an epidemic is more complex—it’s likely to hinge on a wide variety of changes in the way people carry out their daily lives, from how often they leave their homes to how they travel around their cities to how they do their shopping.”  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-affecting-co2-emissions/.

I recently noticed that capitalism never misses a profit making opportunity. In the security of our “social distancing” confines comes the offer to purchase a new automobile and have it delivered to your driveway. And if your personal income stream is interrupted by COVID-19, you are offered extended terms in which to begin repayment. Now that’s ingenious marketing in a fear-based downturned economy. Only in America does consumerism and materialism have the fervor of religion. I’m a little disappointed though, so far I’ve only seen automobile manufacturers of combustion engines offering this deal. At my new house, I got local channels included in the Wave package, so I watched some TV with all those ads. Thank goodness I can get the TV channels option removed.

An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans

Stop. Just stop.
It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.
We will help you.
We will bring the supersonic, high speed 
merry-go-round to a halt.
We will stop
the planes
the trains
the schools
the malls
the meetings
the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our single and shared beating heart,
the way we breathe together, in unison.
Our obligation is to each other,
As it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.
We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions,
to bring you this long-breaking news:
We are not well.
None of us; all of us are suffering.
Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth did not give you pause.
Nor the typhoons in Africa,China, Japan.
Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India.
You have not been listening.
It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives.
But the foundation is giving way,
buckling under the weight of your needs and desires.
We will help you.
We will bring the firestorms to your body
We will bring the fever to your body
We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs
that you might hear:
We are not well.
Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy.
We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force.
We are asking you:
To stop, to be still, to listen;
To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all;
To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart;
To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy?
To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy?
To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy?
Many are afraid now.
Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let it speak to you—in your stillness,
listen for its wisdom.
What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness?
As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you?
Notice if you are resisting.
Notice what you are resisting.
Ask why.
Stop. Just stop.
Be still.
Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well.
We will help you, if you listen.

  ~ Kristin Flyntz, 3.12.2020

YouTube reading of the poem