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Why 2020 Might Have Been the Wake-Up Call We Needed

Black lives matter protest

The year everything changed

It’s no secret that 2020 has been rough so far. The year started out with massive bushfires in Australia, then quickly segued into the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, once states started the process of reopening at the end of May, George Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis and it was caught on video, providing graphic visuals to the plague of police violence that never seems to improve. Since then, there have been protests around the world against racial injustice, some of which have turned violentmany at the hands of police officers.

Because of all of this, this year has already gotten a bad rap, and we’re not even halfway through it. Some have pointed out that 2020 is basically a combination of 1918 (when there was another global pandemic) and 1968 (when there were widespread demonstrations and unrest during the fight for civil rights). But others have taken a different view. One protest sign we saw recently sums it up nicely: “2020 is not the end of the world. It’s the beginning of a new one.” Looking at it that way isn’t only optimisticit makes sense. Though tumultuous, this year has brought to light a lot of issues involving public health, systemic racism, and how we treat the planet, among others. Here are 12 ways that 2020 might be the wake-up call we needed.

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