Did you know that by 2050, an estimated 6.5 million people will die prematurely each year because of air pollution and each day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.
These were some of the crazy facts that we were reading about our environment just a couple weeks ago. People were attending rallies, protests and marches all around the world and campaigning for politicians and governments to take a stricter approach towards climate change because of the negative effects it was having on the environment.
You had Greta Thunberg a climate activist, who at 16 years of age, spoke at the UN Climate Action Summit and gave an emotional and moving speech about climate change and why it’s so important we change our ways or else we won’t be here much longer. She captured the hearts of many people worldwide. She was also the pioneer of the ‘School strike for climate march’ where many students around the world skipped school to protest about the environmental crisis.
Fast forward to today…we are all either in self isolation, lockdown or quarantined in our homes due to the coronavirus outbreak.
I’m sure if you got told at the start of the year, you’d be confined to your home for an indefinite amount of time and that there would be a mass pandemic there is no way you would believe it.
Though, Covid – 19 has brought on many negative impacts to our world in this current stage, it has also brought on a lot of positive changes as well.
With most people staying indoors and not travelling overseas, driving cars and many non-essential businesses closing. In the last 4 weeks, the environment has seen some of the most optimistic changes it has in years.
Some of the most significant changes it has seen has been the crystal-clear water in Venice, Italy to some of the clearest blue skies in Beijing, China, which has seen a dramatic decrease in air pollution, which kills an estimated 1 million people in the country every year. More so, the Venice canals are clearer due to no tourists being around and gondolas and boats which are usually buzzing around, have now ceased operation.
However, experts say that once things go back to normal, there is a potential for pollution levels to return but with a vengeance.
Which begs the question if it can take such a short amount of time for the earth to reap these amazing effects that we are having then why can’t we continue to do this when life goes back to normal?
China has already started returning back to some normalcy, but air pollution is on the rise once again!
It is important to note nonetheless, that governments need to come up with a strategy to reduce pollution and emissions without ruining economies in the process post Covid – 19 to reverse the effects that humans have undoubtedly made on nature. It definitely won’t be easy but I’m sure our children and grandchildren will thank us.