As I have a look at the information this week, I understand that it’s been an extended 12 months and an extended month (and we’re solely midway via November!). We made it via a difficult election season, to now face the regarding and speedy improve in COVID-19 instances throughout the USA. Right here in Oregon, the place I’m writing, Governor Brown has carried out what she is looking a “freeze”—limiting social actions and shutting some companies completely to forestall the virus from spreading additional as we head into the vacation season.
All of us at Ocean Conservancy are sending our help and well-wishes throughout these unprecedented—and sure, regarding—occasions. We’re additionally sending an enormous thanks and an ocean of gratitude to frontline staff, together with these within the well being care, analysis, service and transportation sectors. After an extended 12 months, individuals are understandably desirous to be with household and buddies for the upcoming holidays. And but, we have to bear in mind how we entered this pandemic and do the whole lot we are able to to #FlattentheCurve.
The final two weeks have been the worst for the USA for the reason that pandemic started. In response to the COVID Tracking Project, the USA has greater than 11 million instances and greater than 239,000 deaths. At this level, nearly everybody is aware of somebody who has been touched by the virus. Black, brown, Indigenous and folks of colour are being hit hardest by the pandemic; latest analysis exhibits that Black individuals are twice as more likely to suffer from the virus as white folks. As we head into the vacations, it’s necessary to be vigilant.
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Ocean Conservancy is a science-based group, and scientists and consultants are telling us to remain dwelling, maintain six ft aside when round others, wash our palms often, restrict any indoor gatherings to small teams, ideally folks in your “bubble” or family and to put on a masks when out in public. As CEO, my first precedence is lowering the danger of publicity for workers—and I’m encouraging everybody to comply with the recommendation of well being care professionals so we are able to #FlattentheCurve this winter.
Whereas COVID-19 impacts all of our lives, the challenges going through our ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it haven’t diminished. As I discussed at the beginning of this pandemic, we’re extremely lucky that we are able to largely proceed our ocean conservation work (with the inventive use of expertise, social media and different instruments) because of our devoted employees, companions and supporters such as you.
After I speak about ocean conservation to employees, buddies and supporters, I typically discuss concerning the long-term, large image—one thing that Ocean Conservancy is understood for and is the hallmark of our sturdy ocean conservation work. Though at occasions the trials going through our ocean could appear insurmountable, I do know that by working collectively we are able to shield our ocean and people who rely upon it. I really feel the identical method about COVID-19: the heartening information this week about potential vaccines signifies that there’s gentle on the finish of the tunnel, however we nonetheless have a methods to go—we have to be vigilant and take steps to guard ourselves, and our households, buddies and neighbors whereas the danger is nice.
We’ll get via this, collectively. I encourage you all to be secure this vacation season, and take care of yourselves and others.