Dear Valued Patients,
We miss you.
With today being Earth Day, we wanted to take some time to reflect and share our thoughts on our ever-changing environment and our hopes for the future. Now, with COVID-19 quarantines, we are all aware of how nature seems to be returning to us. The skies are brighter blue, there is less smog, the canals of Venice are clear and many animals are starting to wander once-busy towns, exploring streets and alleys as if an extension of their wilderness. I don’t think any of us could ever have imagined a year like this; 2020 has been one shock after another.
While we are wondering what will come next, we both hope with all of our hearts that things don’t just go back to how they were. We want the blue skies and clean air, we want to see nature blossoming and the improved well-being of our wildlife. We long for continued improvements with the earth. However, it’s impossible to say what will happen next.
On this Earth Day, we hope that you will take some time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, reflect on the year we have had so far, and think about what you hope for in the future. Think about the small things we can all do to make a difference.
We also wanted to share with you an excerpt from a press release issued this morning, the European Space Agency (ESA) has reminded a world struck by COVID-19—on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day—of a unifying message it beamed to the nearest known black hole.
“When we see the Earth from space we see ourselves as a whole; we see the unity and not the divisions. It is such a simple image, with a compelling message:
One planet, one human race.
We are all time travellers journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit. Be brave, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.
It can be done.”
Text and narration: Prof. Stephen Hawking (© The Estate of Stephen Hawking)
Take care of yourselves, be safe and know we are thinking of you all. We will overcome Covid-19 and we look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon.
Mark and Karen