Maintaining positive environmental effects after lifting lockdown

Continuing to avoid using fossil fuels may advance climate change efforts

By Katelynn Ngo

In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to turn on a TV or phone without being bombarded with statistics and news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reaching 1 million as of April 27 according to Worldometer,  the end of the virus does not seem to be in sight. However, amidst all the panic and fear, there is silver lining behind the virus and lockdowns.

Because of the current nationwide lockdown streets are now traffic-free and skies are eerily clear of pollution and planes. According to NBC News, China’s current carbon emissions compared to the same four-week period last year have decreased by 25 percent.

In addition to decreased carbon emissions in the air, the lockdown has also significantly impacted  nature, especially in regards to wildlife and biodiversity. With a lack of traffic and people on the streets, there will be a significant drop in the  number of roadkill, which can go up to 280,000 animals a year in just the UK, according to The Guardian.

However, according to The Guardian, these positive environmental effects will not last if we continue to use fossil fuels and revert back to our old habits  In fact, the longevity of these effects will only last if the nation decides to make conscious political decisions to curb carbon emissions once the lockdown is lifted.

Another way to help keep these positive environmental effects after lockdown is lifted is to make conscious personal decisions as well, such as continuing on our current path of walking instead of driving cars whenever possible. If we don’t actively work to keep carbon emissions low, then we’ll be left with yet another dying country. And this time, no amount of vaccines, ventilators or facemasks will be of any help.

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