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A Dose of Hope on Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  
Posted by: Bethanie Walder
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I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about our SER community during this global crisis. I hope you are healthy and, where it doesn’t conflict with “stay at home” orders, that you have been able to find some solace in nature. While this rupture of the status quo is profoundly distressing, I am hopeful that, on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we can envision a future that includes a robust, effective, and participatory restoration sector of the global economy.

Creating such a path forward may seem difficult, but think of the people who are now breathing cleaner air, marveling at crystal clear rivers, and observing distant mountains for the first time in generations. Maybe that tangible, visible evidence of nature’s capacity to heal will inspire a new generation of restoration. Perhaps we won’t be so complacent about going back. The first Earth Day led to a massive restoration of air and water quality in the US and beyond. Can we, despite the challenges, make a similar leap, and in the process, help prevent the type of catastrophe that we are all, collectively, dealing with today? 

Here are a few ways you can join SER in advancing ecological restoration worldwide:

1. Give Feedback: Provide feedback on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (and see SER's policy update on important points to consider)

2. Participate in Our Programs: Over the last month, we’ve connected with more than 1,000 restoration students and professionals through our new “Wednesday Webinar” series. We launched this open access series to increase the number and availability of distance learning resources during the crisis.  Look for a new webinar every Wednesday through May! 

3. Support Our Work: SER needs and appreciates your support now more than ever. Your contribution will help offset lost income from meeting cancellations, membership dues, and sponsorships. It will help ensure that our work continues at this critical juncture.

Please consider making a $5 Earth Day Anniversary gift to SER’s Sustainability Fund or upgrading your membership to the Restorer Membership category.Ecological restoration is inherently hopeful – and we all need more than a little dose of hope now.

-- Bethanie Walder, SER Executive Director

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