The summer of 2020 was a time of change, a time of learning, and a time of growth. As COVID-19 stormed throughout the nation, everyone forfeited their typical summer bucket lists and vacations. As COVID-19 forced tourist spots all over the world to close, nature has mirrored our reactions. Canals in Venice have become clearer, as locals could see the crystal water and jellyfish floating near the bottom. The air has also been cleaner, and the waters safer for marine life. Many factories have been forced to halt production, and as a result the earth has been mending wounds caused by pollution. As a community it is important not only to recognize those in our community who need the most help, but recognize the importance of nature. The global pandemic has given us all a chance to step back from busy day-to-day life and recognize what we have to offer. Can we help an elderly neighbor by buying them groceries? Can we start using glass bottles instead of plastics to limit our carbon footprint?
Along with Venice, Cape Cod has also been seeing an influx of marine life! If you visited Cape Cod during the summer, you most likely have seen a sign warning you of sharks. Primarily on the outer edge of the Cape, Great Whites have been stalking the shores. There has been much speculation as to why so many Great Whites (which are typically solitary) have come to congregate along the Cape. One possible theory put forth by NOAA is a large group of seals has migrated from Canada to the United States. Seals eat primarily fish, and where the most fish are located, they will follow along. An influx of seals means an influx of sharks, explaining why so many sharks have been spotted. Thanks to modern-day shark spotting technology, researchers have been able to spot sharks and warn swimmers of their proximity, securing maximum safety.
The summer of 2020 has also meant the return to sports! From basketball, to baseball, to hockey, team members left their homes to quarantine and play the games they love. Despite the lack of in-person spectators, many teams were able to stay safe with their COVID-19 policies. The Red Sox have recognized each member of the team and their health conditions, and are treating them accordingly to ensure maximum safety for all. Many basketball teams tested players weekly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the past few months, so much in our lives has changed beyond recognition. Sports are a way to bring people together as a community, and find common ground among differences.
On November 3rd, the country will vote for the next President of the United States. Both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention were held in August. The Democratic National Convention, began on August 17th, and ended August 20th. Vice PresidentJoe Biden was nominated as the Democratic candidate with Kamila Harris as his running mate. For the Republican nomination, Donald Trump was elected with Mike Pence as his running mate. The Republican National Convention lasted from August 24th, to August 27th. Voting will also be drastically different from other years. Many eligible voters will send in a ballot by mail, to then have it counted. This was just another change citizens have had to make in order to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the summer of 2020 was vastly different from prior years, we have grown as a community to learn to care for others in need. Acts of kindness were spread throughout the nation, as we took a step back from typical life to ensure the safety of our friends and families.