How Global Lockdown helped Nature Recover! – Part 2
Posted on: September 29, 2020.

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If the critical human population—a vital percentage of the world’s most influential people whose ideals and decisions make and break on a daily basis—continues to carry on being unwittingly reckless, eccentric, and narcissistic, only the deadliest of outcomes will befall humans.

Nature, ecological systems and the environment have been around on this earth for billions of years and are billions of years elder to our oldest ancestors. The biggest of sins that humans can commit ‘is harming them’.

Environmental accountability is a responsibility that the critical human population appears not to be bothered about, choosing rather to indulge in only its own comfort and on the whimsical pleasures of life.

And beyond the critical time within which to reverse damages and provide a window of time for Nature to heal itself and continue to be bountiful to all life, there is no escape from criminal failure of accountability.

But there is a reason why “Nature” is “Mother”. Even after all the sins critical humans have committed against Her, it is as if She is trying to protect humans from being destroyed by the consequences.

With just the infinitesimal quantum of life—a biological virus—Mother Nature has “morally threatened” her ‘children’ and kept them indoors, locking them down, so she can make vital life-sustaining amendments.

To this effect, the extended shutdown of industry & commerce, travel & tourism, and storage & transportation—vital anti-environmental human activity—has had an eco-friendly effect.

It has resulted in notable, significant, positive improvement in the recuperation of air, water, vegetation, wildlife, and other critical natural resources.

Air Quality: Under effect of a global lockdown in over a hundred countries, a significant decline was observed in the emission levels of nitrous oxide resulting in a critical drop in air pollution.

With cars, or by trains and flights and even industries not allowed to function, there was lesser travelling done by people, cutting down industrial gaseous waste and vehicle exhaust and improving air quality.

Water Quality: Inland waterways and rivers have cleared up with there being no floating vessels—both personal and commercial—plying. Even the oceans are recovering, and marine life thriving, from lesser human footfall.

Global waters became so clear that the fish could be seen, and water flow improved, on there being no clogging in streams, rivers, estuaries, that ultimately drain into the seas and oceans.

Effect on Vegetation: With there being no human interference, and air and water turning cleaner, plants are growing better, and are being allowed to thrive, grow, and produce more canopy coverage, foliage, and oxygen.

Another good in the long run for the environment is there being less litter which translates to lesser clogging of river systems—another virtue of there being no human interference, with everything at a standstill.

Effect on Wildlife: Pre-lockdown, “over-fishing” had almost depleted the fish biomass, which is now teeming with fish as a result of decline in fishing post-lockdown. In places where animals once dared not go, they have now been spotted moving freely about.

Sea turtles once used to avoid laying their eggs in certain places. However, they have now been spotted returning to such areas, encouraged by the lack human interference.

Other positive effects: Temperature is significantly enhanced by industry-induced energy footprint a fact indicated by global land surface temperature dropping by 3–5 °C during global lockdown.

Noise pollution has significantly reduced by virtue of there being no operational industrial noise, resulting in a situation suitable for human health—ambient noise level.

When it comes to ‘testing waters’, water quality parameters tested include total dissolved solid, temperature, pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen, and quality improvements were reported in Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

Global emergency lockdowns may hamper economy but co-existence with ambient environment is more critically essential. Harmony and balance in existing with Nature have become environmental watchwords.

The patience of Nature, even in the midst of anthropogenic—pollution caused by human activity—pressure exerted on Nature by humans, has brought realization to us.

The right to life on Planet Earth and a lively Earth can be established only if pollution sources are successfully controlled.

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