Climate change is the ongoing rise of Earth’s temperature due to the increase in carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide makes up a portion of the atmosphere, however, due to the fact that it traps heat it has an outsized influence on the Earth’s temperature.
Due to the pandemic, people are not driving and leaving the house as much, which decreases carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The coronavirus has been responsible for the shutdowns of restaurants, stores, parks, shopping malls, and public places. Furthermore, there has been a lot of death due to this new virus and unemployment as well. Some people do not have money to buy essential products and there are countries in which the quarantine situation does not work as people do not have money to buy food and starve to death. Yet, the environment has been benefiting from this current situation. Nevertheless, these changes in this environment might only be short-term as many people cease to understand the importance of the environment.
Regrettably, these positive changes the COVID-19 had brought do not seem to be long-term changes. After the pandemic ends, industries will return and people will keep living their lives as they did before. The main topic in conversation during this pandemic is how everyone wishes to return to their old lives; yet, few people think about how they could move forward and make changes for the environment. Furthermore, the industries will be operating as eagerly as ever in order to rebuild the economy, hence this will bring harmful consequences to the environment. Moreover, people should be aware of the consequences of greenhouse gases (methane, carbon dioxide, water vapor, and nitrogenous gas) and climate change on the planet. Bernardelli, the weather specialist, mentions how air quality is great currently because the indices of pollution have gone down drastically. Additionally, CBC News states that there are a lot of forms of carbon emission, but the combustion of fossil fuels is the most common and it has the largest impact on Earth.
Despite the fact that many countries will return to their old ways, without giving much thought to the environment, there are some countries who plan to move forward rather than backward after the pandemic. According to the article “How Life in Our Cities Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic” first movers such as Amsterdam; Bristol, England; and Melbourne, Australia, are already developing plans that prioritize circular economics, climate resilience, and a radical intolerance of inequality. his shows that there might be a change after this pandemic and that people might take what is happening as a lesson. The author believes that cities will come back stronger than ever after the pandemic, but it will be driven by a new model of growth that focuses on inclusivity, sustainability, and economic opportunity. Henceforth, carbon emissions might be controlled after the pandemic.
I wholeheartedly believe that people should take this pandemic as a warning and to move forward taking more time to consider the environment, not only the economy. The human populations should take into consideration future generations and how not taking care of the environment might affect them. Additionally, people should think of wildlife and how they are affected by human action, such as combustion and deforestation. During this crisis, animals were returned to the streets and canals in Europe, which shows that climate change affects them and people should take into consideration their lives. People need to start making changes now in order to repair the damage caused by pollution and how humans increased the levels of greenhouse gases and emissions.
“Even before the crisis, urban communities around the world were demanding lower costs of living and stronger plans to tackle climate change”– Edward Glaeser et al