Is Coronavirus good or bad for the environ?
“People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame – and only one – themselves”. – Robert Collier
Because of lockdowns imposed by many countries all over the globe, as a result of Novel Coronavirus, millions and millions of people have had no option but to stay indoors. Because of this, wildlife has seemed to have gained.
Prof Andrew Cunningham, of the Zoological Society of London said:
“The emergence and spread of Covid-19 was not only predictable, it was predicted [in the sense that] there would be another viral emergence from wildlife that would be a public health threat.”
All over the world, greenhouse emissions and pollution levels have dropped.
Bears, deer and wolves, have been seen in cities and towns all over the globe. Penguins have been spotted in the streets in South Africa. Rare turtles have come to breed on beaches in Thailand.
Due to flight restrictions, as well as travel restrictions, pollution levels have fallen. Levels of Carbon emission have fallen.
These and many more such things that are happening all over the world, are making people believe that that nature is prospering in ways that have not been seen by our generation – and many generations before us!
It would seem that the Coronavirus disease is not at all good for our world. Not only is it killing people, but it is also causing serious harm to nature.
Because of COVID-19, the number of wildlife rangers who are normally available to protect wildlife, has fallen. Thus, all over the globe, poaching is on the rise, resulting in the rampant killing of a number of wildlife species.
It would appear that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing positive effects in the environment. But the reality is, these are sure to be only short term.
Climatic changes and the destroying of natural places, forces wildlife to come and live closer to people. Aaron Bernstein, at the Harvard School of Public Health in the US, says:
“That creates an opportunity for pathogens to get into new hosts. We’ve had Sars, Mers, Covid-19, HIV. We need to see what nature is trying to tell us here. We need to recognise that we’re playing with fire. “The separation of health and environmental policy is a dangerous delusion. Our health entirely depends on the climate and the other organisms we share the planet with.”
Is Coronavirus good or bad for the environ? It does not appear so!