Coronavirus' positive impact on the environment & what this has taught us

In an effort to bring more good news than bad into the atmosphere, we want to highlight all of the ways the Coronavirus has played a positive impact on the environment and what this means to us all. There are several lessons we’ve learned throughout this pandemic, and one of those overarching lessons has been the importance of leading a conscious life.

 

Climate Change has been headline news for quite some time, and the irreversible affects that humans have imposed on the environment have been highlighted over and over again. While it all still holds true, this pandemic has shown us that when the world comes together and slows down the chains of production and consumption, we can have massive positive outcomes on nature. And most importantly, nature can bounce back. Mother Nature is showing us just how   powerful she truly is.

 

Here are some ways in which the Earth has bounced back during this global quarantine:

 

  1. The Himalaya’s are visible for the first time in years

Himalaya's Are Visible in India

According to several news outlets and social media accounts, residents in Northern India are reporting that they are finally able to see the top of the Himalaya’s after 30 years.

 

India’s Central Pollution Control Board unveiled that Delhi has seen up to 44% reduction in PM10 air pollution levels on the first day of restrictions.

 

  1. The Canals in Venice are much clearer

 Canals in Venice are clear

Anyone recall a few months ago when Venice was submerged in water? The photos looked like they were either photoshopped or out of some end-of-world movie. Well, it has now been reported that due to the halt in tourism, the water in the canals of Venice are much clearer. 

 

  1. Sea turtles are coming back
Sea Turtles coming back to beaches
Image credit: CNN

 

In Juno Beach, Florida, sea turtles are coming back with the number of nests already exceeding last year’s numbers. With the beaches in Florida closed, there is significantly less plastic pollution infiltrating the beaches allowing for sea turtles to build without any interruptions. Usually, with human activity on the beaches, the sea turtles’ nests gets impacted due to trampling, people digging, and even artificial light at night.

 

According to David Godfrey, the Executive Director for the Sea Turtle Conservancy, “there is a strong likelihood that we will see decreased human-caused impacts on sea turtle nesting this year, which is a rare silver lining to this global pandemic.”

 

  1. Animals are roaming free

 Lions laying on street in South Africa

Image credit: Richard Sowry

The photos of animals living their lives, stepping out of the normal bounds, has been some of our favorite content throughout the pandemic. An L.A. photographer captured deer coyotes, and other animals roaming freely throughout the Yosemite National Park. Even Black Bears are making the most of the park since it is closed due to the pandemic.

 

Lions have taken to the streets for their afternoon nap, in South Africa. Normally they would be in the bushes, but now they are fully taking advantage of the lack of people in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

 

  1. Air quality has improved

 Air pollution decrease in Italy

Image credit: Fox 13 Tampa Bay

European Space Agency satellites have shown the reduced levels of Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions—levels that have not been seen since 1955. “With over 70% fewer cars on the roads and 20% less generation from power stations, including 75% lower particulate emissions, and 50% lower carbon monoxide, with declines in other harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen” we can see that it is possible to rapidly reduce air pollution when we all come together as a global unit.

 



The true lesson here is that there is hope. Nature can mend and our planet can recover. As long as we come together, all of us all over the world, with the right blend of action and policy to manage our global carbon footprint, we can reverse the effects of climate change. It’s up to us now to declare a new normal—let’s leave the way we lived before in the past, and construct a new reality where sustainability and consciousness are at the forefront of our decisions as consumers.

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