Well, I think I speak for everyone when I say that 2020 was a year we would rather move past! Not much seemed to go well and even when it did, it was painful. With a global pandemic a lot seemed to be put on hold, and unfortunately that includes sustainability. But with vaccines on the way, hopefully this year will allow the world to focus on a green future!
A lot of people relished at news that our carbon footprint decreased dramatically this year; many even said this would help with our long term planetary health. This is sadly not the case. While clearer skies and waterways were a side effect, they were not a permanent result. Sustainable research is still needed! I have faith that most who understood the energy crisis were not confused by this short term positive news, and if you are reading this blog post then you are very likely one of those people!
As we begin the next annual chapter in human history, I hope that you continue to have faith in our future! Youth centered scientific research is a keystone of a healthy planet. Students looking into sustainable practices will be the defining factor in the long term health of our home. How are you helping us get there?