Being in lockdown: How it helps the World to heal?

While humanity being in lockdown, the world has been quietly healing itself. Since the Coronavirus, people are staying at homes. The situation has shown to have a positive impact on the Earth’s environment.

Coronavirus positive effects

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.

Copyright Paolo Careddu

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.

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Copyright  NASA Earth Observatory by Joshua Stevens

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”.

Worldwide change

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.

Empty supermarket coronavirus

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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.

Copyright The Guardian

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?

Read more from our students how Coronavirus has affected their life here

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.