By Sathya Siva
2020. Coronavirus. Covid-19. Global warming. Pandemic. No escape. Suddenly the world is put on hold. Is there really an upside to this horror?
That’s why I’m writing this article. To put some major positive (environmental) impacts of this new schedule into your field of view and to help you realize how much we have done without doing anything at all. Because let’s face it, you’re still a couch potato.
To start, air pollution impact has changed for the better. Do you remember when you used to constantly drive around to get from place to place? Well, now that most people are taking a break from their jobs, or going to work less often, they only have to drive around to buy essentials. That means there has been a huge drop in air pollution as well as improved global air quality. New Delhi, the capital of India and one of the most polluted cities actually had a day completely clear of smog, something basically unheard of in preceding years. According to WHO, a reduction of air pollution does not only help with climate change but also reduces the risk of Covid-19. Not only was the sky crystal clear, but improving the air quality can save lives.
There has also been a huge reduction in seismic noise. With fewer concerts, commuting and physical activities, seismologists have rare opportunities to monitor earthquakes and volcanic activity. Globally, seismic noise has been reduced by 50%. In addition, weather forecasters have been able to predict the weather more accurately. That’s right, all those times you cursed at the weatherman for lying to you, now you can curse less! The ECMWF stated that the reduction in aircraft flights could increase the accuracy in climate changes, predicting this accurately has benefits on farming and agriculture industries but also more importantly our planet.
Finally, online shopping has reduced food waste. Yeah, that’s right, so when people judge you for being lazy and ordering in, you just tell them that you are bettering the environment. To add, you are actually supporting small businesses as well. Small-scale farmers and grocery stores have embraced the rise in online ordering because it has resulted in a 40% rise in grocery sales. This benefit is a bit of a ‘you win some, you lose some situation’. For the environment, fresh produce can skip withering on store shelves, leading to decreased food waste, but the increase in deliveries results in more carbon emissions.
In closing, don’t just go feeling sorry for yourself, crying, this is useless when you have impacted the environment greatly and positively. Instead, use this opportunity to better yourself and the world. Don’t worry, you’ve got this.
There is nothing wrong with having a tree for a friend. –Bob Ross