Since the beginning of the lockdown people have been talking about how the environment has improved and how 2020 gave nature a break. Do you think its true?
The pandemic has been a hindrance to ecosystem restoration. So many projects, all shut down due to the economic depression. As people are afraid to go out there is a lack of law enforcement officers in forest departments, poaching and deforestation is on an all time rise. Is the blessing everyone talked about?
Another concerning fact here is the increase in bio-medical waste. Hospitals which procured waste around 550 kgs/day are now doing producing 1000 kgs/day. Lack of safe disposal is causing them to end up in rivers in oceans. Flora and fauna is being destroyed. This is the break we gave?
The benefits people talked about are so short-termed that they will return once the world goes back to business. We saw that in 2020 in the last few months, didn’t we?
We are not helping nature in any way by staying at home. Aren’t we all now doing more online shopping, that increases the amount of plastic waste? Aren’t we all using more soaps and sanitisers which goes into the sewage and most of goes to the rivers untreated? Aren’t we using ACs and other electronic devices more while staying at home which gives out radiations and CFCs? We are.
We cannot lay back and think that we have greatly helped the earth. All we can do now at home is by reducing online shopping, usage of gadgets and wastage of water. The earth has not won and is not winning. With things going back to normal we have to work more towards restoring our home.