The environment during coronavirus and beyond


Since humans started evolving they’ve been using materials from nature for survival, but they’ve continued to destroy nature by cutting large amounts of trees, building countless factories and power plants, to the point where humans can barely breath. Coronavirus has quarantined everyone at home to reduce transmission, but the effect of quarantine on our environment has been outstanding. The air in Beijing is normally filled with pollution; in fact, the people who live there normally wear masks to prevent exposure. But a satellite picture from NASA has shown the pollution in Beijing has almost cleared completely. Our environment is getting progressively better since Shelter-in-Place began; it’s something worth noting even in the midst of a pandemic.

Governments around the world have made the decision to keep us safe by staying home, not going to work, not running factories, not driving our cars. and it’s helping our environment. China’s pollution has diminished by 25% as satellite pictures have shown. Climate change has slowed down because of the world’s efforts to contain coronavirus. It’s helping our environment temporarily; it’s building up our community globally. There are some things we still have to deal with like Japanese hornets and the bee population, but sheltering in place has been a step in the right direction.

The world still faces enormous environmental issues post-coronavirus. CO2 levels are expected to rise again and coral reefs will become bleached again, but it’s our duty to make as big of an impact as we can. Ever since humans started using nature as our building blocks, maintaining the environment has been an issue. Now, more than ever, people should use the pandemic to address these issues.