Remember a few months ago when your daily life was planned to full capacity? Meetings, errands to run, driving the kids around, and you would go to sleep at night only to wake up and do it all again the next day?
Suddenly you started hearing about COVID-19. Not too long after hearing about this new virus, there were a few cases found in the US. Then things started to change (change fast.) As the news continued to get closer and closer to home, we see businesses starting to close, events being cancelled, gathering size shrinking and shrinking. Our daily lives were turned upside down and no one knows exactly what the future will hold. This “new normal” isn’t the easiest, but we’re adjusting well and trying to make the most of the situation we’re in.
That includes looking on the bright side and thinking about all the positives that this has brought on, like being able to spend more time with your kids or learning a new hobby. And on a bigger scale: seeing all the good this is doing for mother nature!
With less cars on the road and fewer planes in the sky, we’re finally giving the Earth a chance to breathe. Countries across the globe are experiencing temporary falls in carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide of as much as 40%, greatly improving air quality and reducing the risks of asthma, heart attacks and lung disease. Satellite data from NASA showed a 30% drop in air pollutants in sections of the US in March alone. In some cases, such as in China, India and the mountainous regions of the US, people have been able to see their horizons clearly for the first time in years without any smog. Even assuming a bounce back once the lockdown is lifted, the planet is expected to see its first fall in global emissions since the 2008-09 financial crisis.
There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than to stay home (stay off the roads) and let Earth continue to heal.