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Earth Day 2020: How Lockdown is Healing the Planet

COVID-19 doesn’t seem like it could be good news for anyone. But while the economy grinds to a halt, our natural world has been flourishing. This Earth Day, which took place on April 22nd, people around the globe celebrated in a slightly different way from the norm – and with lockdown giving Mother Earth a breather, it’s a hopeful glimpse of what the world could look like if we all did our part to take care of it. 

In this article, we take a look at a few of the ways coronavirus is having a positive impact on our planet. 

What is Earth Day? 

Held every year since 1970, Earth Day is a global celebration of our planet. It’s a chance for us to rejoice in the wonder of the natural world, but also to start a discussion about climate change and the future of our planet. 

This year, Earth Day was special for two reasons. First, it was Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary! And secondly, it was the only Earth Day to be held during a global pandemic situation. There has always been much flexibility with Earth Day in regards to how individuals and organisations can celebrate, but this year saw a big rise in online action and events due to lockdown, and also saw people appreciate how COVID-19 is helping to heal the planet. 

5 Ways the Planet has Healed During COVID-19 

 

Cleaner, healthier air 

With the majority of our global population going nowhere, transportation systems have stopped in their tracks. Fewer cars, planes and lorries equals lower emissions, having a truly astonishing impact on air pollution. Before the virus, smog used to hang over major cities all over the world – this has miraculously cleared up since lockdown began, with reductions in carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter being reported. So, as much disruption as the virus has caused, it’s also given us the gift of clearer skies and more breathable air. This is an especially important respite for cities with high air pollution death rates, such as Delhi. 

Animals are exploring further 

In our fast-paced world, sometimes we forget that we share our planet with a variety of animal species. With humans ‘in hibernation’, some animals have taken the chance to do a little exploring. Some reported sightings have included: 

This is a clear reminder of the wild world around us, and we can only assume these animals were adventuring into our relinquished territory to seek out more feeding and shelter spots. 

Water pollution has dipped 

Earth Day 2020 - Venice

More research needs to be done, but it’s thought that water and ocean pollution may also have decreased. For example, Indian research facilities have noticed the water condition of the Ganges improving as the quarantined weeks have gone by. This is also especially noticeable in the tourist hub of Venice, whose murky canals are usually packed with a constant stream of motorboats. After a long period of lockdown, locals are noticing the waters are becoming clearer and bluer, with fish now visible in the waterways.  

Everything is quieter 

We’re used to lots of noise, particularly in urban areas. With everyone at home, noise pollution has plummeted and we’re waking up to a much quieter world. Not only is this pleasant for us, but it’s also useful for scientists. Seismic noise refers to the constant vibration of the ground, and one of the biggest contributors is human activity. A reduction in noise pollution, therefore, causes a drop in seismic activity, which allows seismologists to more accurately predict earthquakes. 

We are reconnecting with nature 

The pause button has been hit on everything we took for granted before, causing many to slow down and reflect on what’s really important in our lives. Chances are, the only time we venture outside is to the shops or our local parks and nature spots. In this way, nature has become somewhat of a sanctuary for many, providing many with a time to relax away from home. 

This newfound respect for nature is also cemented by many of us spending more time in our gardens, allowing us to take a breather away from modern life and reconnect with the living world. Along with this, some may gain a new awareness of environmental issues and a greater commitment to recycling. 

 

Here at CSH Environmental, our motto is recycling for the future. Our recycling centre is the most advanced in the region, enabling our customers to strive towards a better, greener tomorrow. Serving Colchester, Ipswich, Chelmsford and beyond, we offer efficient recycling services, waste management systems and reliable skip hire – allowing you to manage your waste with the environment in mind. Discover more about how we’re operating at this time by getting in touch today.

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