Many countries had adopted lockdown procedures following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Lockdown tactics prevented people from leaving and stores and other businesses from closing. As World Environment Day 2020 approaches, we examine the positive environmental impact of the shutdown.
The air around us had been declared toxic to breathe in before the pandemic began. Temperatures were rising, glaciers were melting, and sea levels were increasing. The depletion of resources such as air, water, and soil was causing rapid environmental damage.
Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Environment:
People, trains, and aircraft travelled less as a result of the lockdown. Industries were shut down and not allowed to operate. As a result, there was a significant reduction in air pollution, as there was a marked decline in nitrous oxide emission.
The water has cleared up since no boats, whether fishing or pleasure, plying the rivers and waterways. The water in places like Venice became so pure that the fish could be seen, and the water flow improved. Without question, the oceans are recuperating, and marine life is flourishing due to the less human tread.
Effect on Wildlife:
In the case of fish, the lockdown has resulted in a decrease in fishing, implying that fish biomass would increase after being nearly destroyed by overfishing. Aside from that, animals have been seen roaming freely in areas where they previously would not have ventured. Due to the lack of human intervention, even sea turtles have been discovered returning to regions they previously avoided to lay their eggs.
Effect on Vegetation:
Because the air and water are cleaned, plants are growing better. Less litter implies minor blockage of river systems, which is better for the ecosystem in the long run.
There is a concern that once people resume travelling or return to their previous activities, all of the favourable effects may go. It is therefore up to us to take better care of the planet for ourselves, and future generations of humans to come.