COVID19 | Nature’s Pay Back
Is it nature paying us back? (COVID-19 )
Is it time to stop?
Is it some sort of message?
Or is it nature paying us back?
The world is suffering a lot because of the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak. But the point is that, is it just a virus or is it nature giving us back what we have given to it. Lately, many reports and activists like Greta Thunberg came forward. It makes people realize the damage we are causing to our mother earth. But! hardly any difference was seen.
Many people tried their best to save the planet form all the pollution and damage. But why would we listen? Until and unless I’m doing fine how come it matters to me?
The air we breathe is so poisonous, the ice in Antarctica is melting, the Amazon forest is burning and the planet is becoming hotter day by day.
How come it matters if just one person is not doing it, it hardly matters. But have you ever thought that we were all thinking the same and was doing nothing I guess that has hit you hard?
Nature is sending us a message through Covid19
Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, said the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen.
Andersen said ‘humanity was placing too many pressures on the Nature with damaging consequences’.
Leading scientists also said the COVID19 outbreak was a “clear warning shot”. Far more deadly diseases exist in wildlife, and today’s civilization is “playing with fire”. It is human behavior that caused diseases to spill over into humans.
How lockdown has helped the environment :
- “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,”. Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard space flight center, told the Guardian. The life at Wuhan and other cities near it were put on standstill because of the outbreak on January 23rd. Since then air quality is becoming better every day there.
- Economic activity all around the world has slowed down. So does the emission of greenhouse gas. The last time emission fell down was the economic crisis of 2008-2009. A study by specialist outlet Carbon Brief found that in China, carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by around 25 percent.
- In Madrid this week, Spain’s Directorate-General for Traffic registered a 14 percent drop in rush-hour traffic. El País The European Commission last year referred the Spanish capital to court for failing to meet EU limits on air pollution designed to protect people’s health.
- The observations were undertaken by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) also showed that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels reduced significantly during the lockdown in both China and Italy.
- Indians breathed easier amid the lockdown. In Mumbai and other megacities, cars kept off the road and factories were closed. This is improving the air quality and letting people see blue sky and breathe fresh air than the grey injurious smog.
- Delhi, the polluted capital city in the world. The AQI (Air Quality Index) sank to roughly 93, which is considered moderate last week.
- We can’t deny the fact that wildlife and marine life have come back as nature is healing itself. While humans are forced to stay inside their houses. Wildlife is slowly reclaiming its place across the globe.
I know it’s totally foolhardy to conclude that pandemics are good for health. But! isn’t it high time what we should give a thought that what we have done to Nature.
The good part :
- The water canals in Venice have crystal clear water. As the number of motorboats and crowds of tourists who swarm around vastly reduce because of the lockdown.
- In New York, the scientists of Columbia University noted a 5-10% drop in CO2 emission because of the 35% reduction in traffic levels.
Let’s talk about our city Patna. We can breathe fresh air and obviously after ages we can see a flock of birds flying in the sky. Since it feels like we are living our 90s life again with everybody at home. Fewer worries about work and getting late or workload and how can I forget the traffic. I can see people on their terrace playing cricket. they are talking to each other (from a distance), walking and gardening. But above all at this time of crisis. We should stay together and strong and fight this. But we should also keep in mind that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So, what we’ll give to the mother earth we’ll get the same in return.
We at Patna Diaries would love to hear from you. What are you doing in this Lockdown Period? Also please share your take on this article.