Environment’s improvement in Italy
One of the examples is in Italy, Venice Canal. People are uploading pictures to social media, usually showing filthy water. The water is now clean enough that the fish and swans have returned to enjoy the famous waters.
The Venice mayor’s office said that:
“The water looks clearer now because there is less traffic on the canals. This allows the sediment to stay at the bottom. Besides this, the air is less polluted because of the restricted movement of residents.”
Without the ferries on Italy’s coasts in Cagliari, Sardinia, dolphins have returned to the beaches and enjoy swimming around.
China is clearing up
Being in lockdown for couple of months, citizens of the former centre of Coronavirus, Wuhan, have been posting to social media of how the environment there has changed, since the city’s lockdown.
In essence, more trees have grown, and you can hear birds chirping when before you couldn’t.
In China are many cases of people dying due to air pollution. Now, as the factories in lockdown, businesses are shut down.
“The air quality has improved significantly,” said the Centre for International Climate Research in Oslo, “the impact will happen worldwide”.
Popular places among the tourists are also seeing a drop in air pollution due to the global economic slowdown, NASA has reported.
Many of you have probably seen online videos and pictures of people buying a lot of things – supermarket shelves are empty of food. The outrageous buying can leave some of the people without the essentials. Supermarkets luckily respond to that with a quick solution. As now some of the shops from 8-9 or regarding the opening time, are open only for elderly people, to make sure they don’t miss out on essentials.
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People are coming more together from all over the world. Italians and many other countries have come together to bring joy and uplift one another by singing aloud and playing instruments from their balconies.
Businesses are helping out hospitals by providing their space for infected people since the hospitals are overcrowded. Famous people are doing concerts on their Instagram live to people all over the world.
What’s going to happen next?
People are wondering ” How long will the lockdown last?”, “Two more months?”, “A year?”
We never thought that we could stop our World in a such radical way. In sense that companies had to be shut down, production had to stop. But so far we have survived with limiting our needs, that we may actually don’t need.
It’s true we see what kind of positive effect this pandemic has. In China sky is clearing up, in India people can see the peaks of Himalayas over decades, Venice canal is see-through, traffic is reduced, industrial productions has been decreased. This all is really good, but will it be only for short-term, as industries will come back sooner or later.
Will we also see how much we need to improve in order to be ready, if something like this would happen again. Our health care systems, when people don’t have job anymore how they can survive, how we can react faster in order to prevent chaos.
What is the next step and do we actually learn from any of this? Do we see the positive and negative things that the pandemic has shown us?
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