Happy Earth Day! Here is a small glimpse of our burgeoning garden (even lusher due to one of the rainiest winters on record). I’m always amazed at what will pop up on its own, thanks to the rich humus under several large trees, and at the symbiotic relationships between plants and animals (including humans): the Dutchman’s pipevine is the sole birthing ground for the Pipevine swallowtail butterfly; the coast redwood hosts different ecosystems from the ground beneath it all the way up into its crown, and even controls its own environment. And, perhaps most important, as we breathe out carbon dioxide, plants breathe it in and provide us with invaluable oxygen, as they respire.
This year, Earth Day has a confluence with the March for Science, held in over 500 cities across the globe. In the current political climate, climate change, evolution and science itself are under attack, and the time is ripe for reexamining and reaffirming how much we benefit from scientific research, education, and environmentalism. Issues such as women’s health, mental health, children’s health, clean water, clean air, biodiversity, and preserving the outdoors to reconnect with nature all converge with and are inseparable from science.