The bright side of COVID-19, and how this scary virus has unintentionally been beneficial to humanity and our planet!!
The situation nowadays
Lockdowns, medical shortages and social distancing have become the norm for most people as this virus continues to sweep across the globe creating much loss for many people. However, something strange is happening, with this tragic circumstance we have also seen some interesting changes in our planet. Families are spending more time together. People are finally getting around to the things they ‘never had time to do’ and our planet is finally getting a much needed break from all the pollution and harm we have been causing!
Nature is refreshing!
In countries like Japan deer have finally returned to the streets. Venice is also reporting the cleanest canals in decades as well as the return of fish. This is the first week of lockdown in India, a country of over 1.3 billion people and the suffocating pollution levels have already dramatically decreased. This is particularly true of the harmful microscopic matter known as PM 2.5 which is usually released into the air through factories and vehicles. According to the UK Independent even the ozone layer is healing as air pollution and CO2 levels have decreased. During the lockdown, even China has reported less nitrogen dioxide emission and studies at Columbia University show a 10 % drop in CO2 levels. That’s estimated at around 200 tons of carbon dioxide, that’s more than half of the emission of the UK, according to the Center of Research on Energy and Clean Air. Nature is finally getting a break since the decline in human activity has significantly decreased pollution giving the planet a chance to renew itself. If this continues the results would be a cleaner and healthier world.
Our planet is getting healthy
The good news is it sounds great for our planet! But this good news can only be truly achieved if we continue to take care of our planet when this pandemic ends. We have now found more ways to work from home instead of driving to work everyday. Many of the activities we once thought had to be done in person don’t have to be. People with disabilities don’t have to lose out as so many tasks can be achieved from home. We have also started to recognise the importance of the little things we took for granted. This positive attitude that has spread across the globe can still be encouraged especially when this lockdown ends.
Responsibility for a brighter future
Humanity is finally taking the environment seriously. Governments are starting to understand the importance of investing in healthcare rather than industries that destroy our world’s resources. The future for our planet looks bright with people all around the world changing their priorities to focus more on health, nutrition, education and peace. Rather than our old capitalist approach that focused only on money, profit and wasting the planet’s resources.
Quality family time
Productivity can thrive even from our homes. Family bonds can be strengthened. Parents are better able to support children struggling with school work. Everyone in the family can also enhance their creativity while trying to make activities for their families. This may even be the time to enroll in that online course you keep putting off! Learn a language or a musical instrument. We have a chance to stop and think about our families, health and goals. We may even just use this time to finally relax. Take up meditation or find alternative methods to de-stress from the rush of everyday life. A break for our planet may also be a break for you!
Think smart and stay natural
We can all do our part for our planet during our lockdown. This is a great opportunity to lessen our use of plastic. It’s a chance to find ways to recycle more, throw away less food and teach our children the importance of caring for our home. There are many simple steps we can take to reduce our consumption and waste of resources. If it’s cold, wear a sweater. If it’s hot, open a window. We can even switch from chemical sprays like deodorant to natural products. We can use this time to learn more ourselves! Correct our old habits and focus on our health. Ditch the artificial food and cut out our superficial make up routines!
The call of Nature
Currently with this pandemic everyone is suffering in some way or another. For some people it is financially and for others, with self isolation, it could even be mentally. It seems the world is shutting down around us and all economies are experiencing difficulties that will only increase the longer this virus remains uncontrollable. But in the end we will overcome all of this and spring will come soon brighter than ever before. So while you stay at home think about the positive lessons that nature is finally teaching us… it is giving us the chance of humility and empathy for one another and our shared home: Earth.