How the coronavirus crisis is helping improve the environment across the world
A blog written for https://www.lifeagain.com.au
It is incredible to see how in such a short time, nature can adapt to the changing of human habits. Hopefully, this is something the world can remember once the pandemic is over, and apply to the ways we think about the environment moving forward.
The Health of Planet Earth and us is more important than anything else. Our beautiful world is trying to tell us to slow down and let the planet breathe a little without all the extra pollution, fast plastic, excess materialism, toxic fake superficialities etc, our Mother Earth is finally healing. People are waking up to what is important. Our health and the health of the planet in 2020 has been a testing time, but it has been heartwarming to see how many have contributed so much to the physical, emotional and psychological damage of the bushfires, floods and now we must all stay strong and resilient against coronavirus.
As humans slow down the pace of economic activity to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the natural world, it seems, is breathing a sigh of relief. “it is breathtaking”
Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Andersen said humanity was placing too many pressures on the natural world with damaging consequences, and warned that failing to take care of the planet meant not taking care of ourselves.
Here is an unexpected positive side effect of the 2020 Corona pandemic, the environment is healthier thanks to less people going out, lower levels of nitrogen dioxide, which mostly comes from vehicle exhausts, and levels of particulate matter coming from road transport and burning fuel, are said to be noticeably reduced across London and there has also been a noticeable reduction in Milan, Rome and Paris. The water flowing through the canals of Venice are clear for the first time in our lifetime. The fish are visible and the swans have returned to the lagoons.
Air pollution over regions in China and Europe has improved as a result. Over China, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) spotted a significant decrease in pollution between January and February.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory
Satellite imagery showed a reduction in the levels of nitrogen dioxide – caused by cars, power plants and industrial facilities.
It is also crazy to think that one large cruise ship can emit as much particulate matter as a million cars in a day.
For the health of our environment It really is time to make a change.
This is a realisation – because we are forced to – that there is considerable potential for long term positive change. Through our working practices and lifestyles. This challenges us in the future to think, do we really need to drive our car there or burn fuel for that.
A reduction in air pollution will be beneficial to people in susceptible categories, for example some asthma sufferers as it can reduce the spread of disease. A high level of air pollution exacerbates viral uptake because it inflames and lowers immunity. Agriculture could also get a boost because pollution stunts plant growth. These are positive outcomes from what is a confronting scary time.
A silver lining in this pandemic is being able to slow down appreciate and respect nature and connect more with family.
For that, I am grateful. Some positive actions are to support each other and nurture and cultivate a better world which is founded on community, growth, evolution and wellbeing by staying positive and believing the world will be fine. Throughout this time we need to stay connected through phone calls, messages and lifting each other up in a positive manner. Make conscious purchasing decisions by supporting local, ethical, socially conscious sustainable businesses.
But, how do we impact each other more meaningfully? It’s time to reflect on the life we are living and what sort of positive contribution in our life we are making.
Lets spread love and happiness, stay healthy to save the earth and each other and keep your immune system strong.
Be patient and recognise the positives. Trusting that on the other side good is coming.
We are all connected and in this together.