9 springtime activities to distract yourself from our rapidly burning planet

Because Earth hasn't exploded yet

Published March 9, 2015 3:25PM (EDT)

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Even though spring doesn't technically begin for another 12 days or so, a few things indicate that it isn't too early to start celebrating the end of the most grueling winter in recent memory. Baseball spring training has begun! Daylight Savings Time is over! It is a balmy 46 degrees in New York City and 39 degrees in Boston! I'm wearing shorts and roller blades!

This winter, we have been consistently reminded of climate change -- from near-record snowfall in the Northeast to the lack of sufficient snowfall in Alaska, forcing the Iditarod to take a northern detour. All things considered, it's clear that the world has gotten a little wonky.

But still, our rapidly disintegrating planet is no need to frown. After all, we're still here! (For now!) Check out the handy slideshow below for some festive spring photos to distract yourself from Earth's impending ecological disaster.

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By Joanna Rothkopf

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