In a matter of few months, the world has been transformed. Thousands of people have already died, millions more have fallen sick, from a corona virus that was previously unknown. For many who have not caught the disease, their entire way of life has changed. Travel restrictions are in place worldwide. The normally bustling pubs, bars and theaters have been closed and people have been told to stay in their homes. Flights are being cancelled as the aviation industry crumples.
All these changes, have also led to some unexpected consequences. As industries, transport and businesses have closed down, it has brought about a sudden drop in carbon emissions, pollution levels, animal deaths, accidents and crimes.
Mother Earth Is Healing Itself !!
— Supriya Tripathi 🇮🇳 (@saurabh_supriya) April 5, 2020
- Every year, 7 million premature deaths are caused globally due to acid rains.
- According to studies, each year over 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals, 300,000 dolphins are killed by pollution. And nearly 100,000 land mammals, 100,000 birds die due to plastic waste.
- More than, 400,000 human deaths occur due to homicides all over the world. And less than 1% of global deaths occur because of homicides.
In contrast, in these tough times, there has been a 50% decline in pollution , the proportion of good quality air is up by 11.4%. Satellite images show Nitrogen dioxide(NO2) emissions are fading away. Animals are fearlessly entering the cities, aquatic life is reclaiming water bodies. More than 80% crimes have reduced all over.
The situation seems like the universe has a made a balance on its own. For the first time, Himalayas are visible to people in many towns of India.
What nature really is and how we screwed it up.
This is Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal, visible after 30 yrs, from Jalandhar (Punjab) after pollution drops to its lowest level. This is approx. 200 km away straight. #Lockdown21 #MotherNature #Global healing. pic.twitter.com/cvZqbWd6MR
— Diksha Walia (@Deewalia) April 3, 2020
Something still unbalanced is that: “The richest 1% own 44% of the world wealth” or putting this into another perspective, “The 10 richest men own more wealth among them, than India’s entire GDP.”
No one should expect another global pandemic as a way of bringing about such a huge balance between rich and poor, affluent and needy, grateful and ungrateful. The COVID-19 impact on the Indian economy did not hit poor and rich a like economically. Mukesh Ambani lost more than 30% of his wealth since the corona virus started to show its impact in India. But he would not be dependent on his daily wage to have dinner on his table. According to one research conducted by International Labor Organization, Of the total employed in 2011–12, more than half (51.4 per cent, or 206 million people) were self-employed, and of the 195 million wage earners, 62 per cent (i.e. 121 million) were employed as casual workers. The COVID 19 hit this segment of population the hardest.
Alzazeera published an article highlighting the situation of Poor amid the COVID 19. The article mentions
“Uke, 30, who lives in a village in Maharashtra in western India ran out of money and groceries. “So, I started feeding my three young girls rice with a chutney, made of crushed onions or tomatoes,” she says.”
Countries are asking ppl to #stayhome & shutting down population movement to limit #COVID19 transmission. These steps can have unintended consequences for the poorest & most vulnerable. I call on countries to ensure these populations have food & life essentials during the crisis.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 2, 2020
Before nature decides to teach us a harsh lesson to fix ourselves, lets take this as an opportunity to devote all our energies to helping the millions of people who have been left behind to catch up.