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COVID -19 and its effect on Environment
- Nature is our best life-support system. Healthy natural systems provide so many essentials like water, clean air, fertile soils and a stable climate.
- They also give us food, medicines and materials and directly influence our economies.
- Unfortunately, human activities are placing these natural systems under greater stress, and in turn exposing our society and economies to growing nature related risks.
- COVID-19 pandemic is a type of a crisis that affects each section of the society.
- No one has heard such type of global health crisis expanding human suffering, infecting the global economy and deteriorating people’s lives.
Changes in the Environment after COVID-19:
Climate & COVID-19:
- COVID-19 is the most immediate threat in the world today, Though climate change is one of the the biggest problem faced by people since longtime.
- For centuries , Carbon dioxide stays in the oceans and atmosphere.
- Despite any depletion in green house gases due to COVID-19 pandemic, world will still face climatic change since human activities leading to green house emission will remain continue.
- Nature is giving us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis.
Water &Covid -19:
- According to health experts, one of the most important things we can all do to stop the spread of the coronavirus is wash our hands often, and well, with soap and hot water and keep our surroundings clean.
- But the current coronavirus pandemic is greatly exacerbated by the global water crisis and adds urgency to the fight for the human right to water. COVID -19 and its effect on Environment
- More than half the global population lacks access to wash with soap and warm water.
- Even before COVID-19 struck, the United Nations called water scarcity “the scourge of the earth”.
- Today billions of people still lack safe water, sanitation and Every day, more than two billion people around the world are forced to drink contaminated water.
- Contaminated water and poor sanitation leading to diarrhea kills a child under five years old, in every two minutes.
- Three quarters of households, as well as nearly half of health-care facilities in developing countries, lack access to clean water.
- Coronavirus pandemic exposes the vulnerability of people without access to water and warns that we should be fearful of what is to come in Africa and parts of Asia with this double crisis.
- Eighty per cent of the seven million residents of Dharavi, Asia’s largest urban slum located in Mumbai, India, have no running water.
COVID-19 & Air Pollution:
- Air Pollution has intensified the pandemic. But the lockdown and related measures implemented by countries to stop the spread of COVID-19 have also led to a decrease in economic activities
- There is a drop in road transport, temporarily cleaning skies and decreasing levels of certain air pollutants.
Covid-19 & Wild Life:
- Still origin and ways of transmission of corona virus is not certain, but it is presumes that it is a type zoonotic disease that spreads from animal to human.
- It was originated somewhere in last month of 2019 when a person at Wuhan in China infected by virus through animal pangolin.
- According to global health experts , such type of transmission is serious threats for man kind.
- Three fourth of all these diseases comes from wild life. In order to reduced future pandemics we should try to curb the chances for such types of viruses from animals to human beings.
- COVID-19 is having an impact on animals. Lockdowns and the loss of tourism revenue also create challenges for protecting wildlife.
- There are many factors responsible for deterioration of wild life like loss of natural habitat, land conversion, wild life trade and climate change.
- Great apes, of which seven species are already threatened by extinction, are potentially vulnerable to this new virus. COVID -19 and its effect on Environment
COVID-19 & Waste Management:
- With COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread, national and local governments are required to treat waste management, including medical, household and other hazardous waste.
- It is as an urgent and essential public service in order to reduce possible secondary impacts upon health and the environment.
COVID-19 & Exposure to Hazardous Substances:
- Migrants laborers and workers with bleach to ‘disinfect’ them is a ghastly and inhumane practice to combat COVID-19.
- There is need to protect the brave doctors, nurses, first responders, our police and others on the front lines in this fight.
- People and countries with the least resources potentially face the most catastrophic impacts.
- COVID-19 is both a public health emergency, bringing personal tragedy into households across the globe, and an economic crisis.
- GDP and government revenues are falling as unemployment and poverty rise.
- It is natural that we want this nightmare to end and that we yearn for a return to normal.