The nature sometimes holds us upside down and kick all our nonsense out. The relation between Covid 19 and climate change is terribly amazing. It is just liked the nature kicking us right in our nuts to defend itself. Whereas the pandemic is life threatening to a major portion of global population , it has proved itself to be the the last period’s school bell of Friday for the nature .It is an unprecedented but blessed break to the constant damage we have been causing to the mother nature. Here we are to explore together the impact of Corona virus on the wider issue of climate change.
COVID 19 AND AIR POLLUTION
The biggest positive impact of Covid 19 is the reduction in air pollution. Reduced traffic ,activities and industrial work has led to tremendous drop in the graph of CO2 (carbon dioxide ) , nitrous oxides .NASA’s satellites images have shown that in China ( which is global leader in contributing to air pollution ) the pollution have reduced up to 25% only within first 4 weeks of lockdown .
According to another study , published in The Guardian :” “In China, the world’s biggest source of carbon, emissions were down about 18% between early February and mid-March – a cut of 250m tonnes, equivalent to more than half the UK’s annual output. Europe is forecast to see a reduction of around 390m tonnes. Significant falls can also be expected in the US, where passenger vehicle traffic – its major source of CO2 – has fallen by nearly 40%. Even assuming a bounce back once the lockdown is lifted, the planet is expected to see its first fall in global emissions since the 2008-9 financial crisis.”
CAUSES OF REDUCED POLLUTION
Following are the major causes of reduction in carbon dioxide emission and other pollutions:
- Reduced transportation.
- Closure of aviation industry.
- Closure of offices and work from home.
- Schools and Universities are being closed.
- People not buying unnecessary and luxury commodities.
- Break to construction sector.
- Massive reduction in international trade.
IS COVID 19 SAVING LIVES?
Is this dangerous virus, killing thousands is also saving thousands on the side? Well, some scientists think yes, it is. According to Marshall Burke from the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University, in China, just two months of reduced pollution has saved the lives of 4000 children under the age of 5 and 73000 adults over the age of 70.And this number is increasing with each single day spent without travelling and opening factories .
ENVIRONMENTAL LESSONS FROM COVID 19
The pandemic is a serious and treacherous global issue. But as with all bad things, this virus also taught us some very valuable lessons regarding our lives and our planet. If we want the reduction in pollution to continue and thrive even after the virus is gone, we really need to learn and stick to certain things. Some important lessons are:
- Importance of health: We all concluded, that at the end, life and health are the most valuable possessions that we have. Climate change is going to threaten both health and lives more than Covid 19. so, we really need to do something about it.
- Significance of environment: This pandemic taught us that our surroundings are our greatest influencers. To lead a healthy life, we need a healthy environment.
- We are the cause: The massive reduction in climate change due to closure of our activities proved the very fact that it is us the root of climate change. Contrary to some believes that climate change is a natural process, the pandemic once again confirmed that it is man driven.
- Unnecessary commodities: The lack of basic utilities during pandemic proved that we have been unnecessarily producing a lot of extras instead of necessities on the expense of our environment.
- We can change: If we can change our lives to fight Covid 19, then surely, we can also change to fight the much greater foe, the climate change.
Surely, a global pandemic killing thousands and possibly millions is not the best way to eradicate climate change. But this pandemic showed us a way. Its effect on planet may not be permanent. But if we learn from it and change ourselves permanently, then on much larger time scale Covid 19 can proof to be a hallmark in our war against the climate change.