Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which makes this year extra special. Not to mention, the tragedy of the pandemic is making clear in real-time how environmental health is directly linked to human health. The best time to build ourselves a healthier, happier, and safer society was decades ago, but the next best time is right now. We can do it! I know we can.
In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share part of my *other* life, aka work, aka things I practice to make parfait in hopes of also getting paid. I’m a climate and energy analyst and data visualization designer, which means I spend my days helping people/institutions/governments make progress towards sustainability. For Earth Day this year, I had the honor of being asked to write a piece in the Data Visualization Society’s journal about a graphic I made on renewable energy. It was published yesterday, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it here!
Enjoy the read, and enjoy the day. And please, take a minute to think about one thing you can do to be kinder to our planet—walk or bike more often, shop at small local markets, buy in bulk to avoid plastic packaging, buy less in general. To quote the Data Viz Society, “we only have one planet and it means the world to us.”