About Earth 49: Covid-19 EARTH


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Artist Statement: Covid-19 EARTH

The parallels of Covid-19 and Climate Change are strikingly similar:

  • Both are life threatening.
  • Both can affect any human on earth and are oblivious to borders.
  • Both result in tremendous financial costs.
  • Both have a devastating effect on the economy.
  • Both rely on science to understand.
  • Both consist of natural forces that can respond to human intervention in a way that preserves human life.
  • Both require human self-sacrifice to remedy.
  • Both require global cooperation to resolve.

Can we learn from Covid-19 and together tackle Climate Change in a proactive way so that we prevent the same kind of last minute panic the corona virus caused?  Can we think of addressing Climate Change as a “war” that we have to win by sacrificing now before the odds are too stacked against us?  Can we remember the lessons learned and not ease into a new sense of complacency?  Climate Change is so much more lethal than Covid-19 and humanity needs to come together and fight for the earth!

*Description from CDC of this image:

This illustration of Covid-19, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


Image Artists: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS for the CDC

Creators of the Globe

A mutating virus along with the help of a mystery animal such as a bat, civet or a pangolin and the first human host volunteer to keep it alive.


RNA enclosed in protein with a lipid membrane  0.125 Micron in diameter.

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