As you’re all aware, I’m probably the biggest advocate for catching flights; chasing sunsets, seeing the world, capitalising on cheap flight deals. See the world. As much as you can, as fast as you can, and most importantly: as sustainably as you can, and most importantly, as often as you can. But in light of recent events, I am having to hold back (temporarily) COVID-19 x CLIMATE: A SILVER LINING?
But not today. Not right now. It is time to reel it in. Time to put a temporary stopper. Time to come home – or stay where you are if it’s safer. It’s time to distance ourselves physically, for many, this too is a little too late. I know most of you #InsaneArmy are well under the fatality age if you get the #coronavirus. But it’s not about YOU! It’s about who will get it from you if you spread it without knowing, just because you have a higher chance of making it doesn’t mean the next person will.
#InsaneArmy it’s time to reel it in, so we can go back out soon. While COVID-19 is bad news, there is some little stroke of light in. Tiny as it may appear, it is shown how much we as a human race can accomplish in the fight for a sustainable environment if we unanimously ban together. Here are some interesting facts that have arisen since the lockdowns were initiated:
- Venice’s canals have become crystal clear.
- For the first time in years, Italy’s coast has dolphins coming nearer and nearer.
- Japan has seen sights of deers returning to the streets.
- Thailand has the same with monkeys.
- China and Italy have recorded major progress in pollution cuts.
- Slow land and air traffic have cut down c02 gas emissions.
The earth is already showing major signs of healing and amazing things from the absence of pollution. Satellite images released by NASA and the European Space Agency show a dramatic reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions — those released by vehicles, power plants, and industrial facilities — in major Chinese cities between January and February. The visible cloud of toxic gas hanging over industrial powerhouses almost disappeared.
“This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event, I am not surprised because many cities nationwide have taken measures to minimize the spread of the virus.”FEI LIU – AIR QUALITY RESEARCHER AT NASA’S GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER. (SOURCE: CNN)
Marshall Burke, a researcher at Stanford University, calculated the improvements in air quality recorded in China may have saved the lives of 4,000 children under 5 years old and 73,000 adults over 70. Even more conservative estimates would put the number of lives saved at roughly 20 times the number of deaths from the virus directly.
The decline in the road and air traffic has also decreased Co2 emissions globally. While the ongoing pandemic has majorly reduced emissions in China, Italy and possibly elsewhere, I fear this has offered little to no cause for an instant celebration. On the other hand of the virus’s impact on climate, more and more single-use medical supplies are piling up across the world and people who went on panic buying sprees have left so many others without option or access to groceries and
CODVID-19 is not a joke and many have lost family to it. Businesses have shut down or been temporarily suspended, including mine. As most of you following me on Instagram and Facebook know, I recently co-founded a boutique eco-travel tour company – Insane Travel Agency – Imagine what it has been like for me and my co-founder to have to temporarily halt a brand new business before it’s even had the chance to take its first tour. Entire industries are falling apart. The economic downturn from this outbreak is being felt by more people than the virus itself. People are unable to work and as such unable to earn which means they won’t be able to afford to pay bills nor buy food.
As an eco-travel champion, I firmly believe the current catastrophe is not the way any reasonable person should envision the world lowering its carbon footprint. However, it has shown that if we individually make conscious efforts to fight climate change, the progressive impact is possible. The outbreak has halted meetings to plan for public protests for climate action in the coming months, as well as the global push to get nations to commit to more ambitious emission reduction plans at a key U.N. summit scheduled for this fall, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t commit to maintaining this level of action of curbing our footprints until we hit carbon-neutral once this pandemic is under control.
I urge you to continue in the same vein of being conscious of your environment and your hygiene post-COVID-19. On the interim, do not take decisions around the subject of corona without first learning about the facts. It’s no news that the number of people recorded to have recovered far outweighs the number of those who don’t. 80% of people currently affect no to mild symptoms only.
Panicking acting uninformed about the topic will do more harm. I strongly recommend you spend some time on the World Health Organization’s website and learn as much as you can about the virus plus ways you can protect yourself. For up to minute updates, worldometer is great for getting live statistics.
Until next post,
Stay Insane – and do not forget the 20-second wash rule!
Thanks for reading.