How the Quarantine Affected Nature
The whole world had a really rough time during early 2020 when the global pandemic started. Lots of people lost their jobs because of the losses that businesses suffered following the lockdown and social distancing measures. Companies also switched to working from home, so this lack of socializing definitely had a negative impact on many individuals. Fortunately, it wasn’t all that bad as this lockdown had a somewhat positive environment. Here we will explore just how nature was affected while people were in Quarantine.
Whenever a topic of pollution is brought up, carbon emissions tend to take a central stage. In fact, many companies are using this opportunity for their PR marketing, and claim how they will become carbon negative within this decade. Basically, our everyday lives and power consumption causes carbon to build up in the atmosphere which then leads to higher earth temperature or global warming.
Of course, as humans, we do not emit as nearly as much carbon as the ocean for example, as this emission is one of the neutral processes of the world we live in. However, the environment has its own systems in check to keep those emissions stable or to filter them out. It’s actually our emissions that produce that excess carbon that nature cannot deal with on its own. This is why over the years the temperatures have been on the rise.
So, the good news is that nature has massive rejuvenating potential, but if we don’t bring those emissions down it won’t be able to do anything.
What Happened During the Quarantine
Because of the pandemic, a lot of towns went into lockdown, and as a result, people were commuting far less and there was a lot less need for electricity to keep business going that went into a hibernation let’s call it. This significantly reduced carbon emissions all over the world. In some cities in China, the carbon emission was reduced by even 60%, whereas everywhere else it was mostly between 15% and 30%. In fact, this was the first reduction in emissions since 2008, so saying it was a good thing would be an understatement of the year.
Although carbon footprint was suppressed for some time, this doesn’t mean that the pandemic did not bring other environmental problems. For starters, the production of PPE supplies was significantly increased. People all over the world are wearing single-time use masks and therefore creating more trash than usual. This also goes for gloves, face shields, and other products.
Moreover, hospitals were working overtime and had a lot more waste.
We are already struggling enough with waste as is, and recycling isn’t as nearly as efficient as we would like to believe. Meaning we have a big problem that only got bigger during this pandemic. Currently, we don’t have effective means of dealing with waste, and there are islands of plastic floating in the oceans, and becoming bigger.