There is no doubt that the year 2020 has certainly been a huge disaster for mankind. With people going bankrupt, losing their family and friends, and suffering under the influence of the novel covid-19 virus, misery and hopelessness was something that the year brought with it. But for a change, let’s not talk about humans but nature. Nature and its resources, which have been exploited by humans for centuries, on the contrary, were affected because of all this in a very positive manner.
Amazon fires 2020
Amazon fires that started in 2019 turned into a more severe phenomenon by may of 2020. According to reports, when approximately 1.1 million anomalies what detected in 2019, the number interest to more than 1.4 million during 2020. They were one of the most environmentally destructive forest fires that have occurred recently. Therefore, causing a lot of damage to the plant and animal life and eradicating approximately 5.4 million acres of Amazon rainforest. Did you know that the country of Wales occupies this much amount of area? Terrifying, isn’t it? But that’s not the end of the story.
Total Worldwide Lockdown
Although the first race of coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, China, in January 2020, gradually, as people started becoming more and more infected with it, world governments and countries decided to shut themselves down to protect the public. As a result, by the end of March 2020, approximately 100 countries of the world were under partial or total national lockdown. Now since the people were locked inside their houses, nature, were able to breathe a sigh of relief finally.
The aftermath of the lockdown
Not just the forests but the skies underwent positive transformation throughout this period. The earth undoubtedly healed itself in the absence of human interference. Last year during the same time, the skies started becoming more clearer, flora and fauna started regaining their health, the rivers and water bodies became much purer, and the animals and birds could finally roam about the lands freely because of the lockdown. It has, indeed, cast a great spell on the life of nature.
The clearance of the Ganga river
As you may be aware that, the great River Ganga is considered to be very sacred in India. But due to certain customs and traditions, it was also one of the most polluted rivers in the world. In fact, even after spending lakhs and crores for rupees on its cleaning and maintenance, the government could not clean it completely. Turned out that, due to a reduction of industrial pollutants and minimized waste disposal, the river was reported clearer than ever before in April 2020.
Apart from the incident as mentioned above, wildlife, aquatic life, and pollution levels of all kinds, including noise pollution, water pollution, air pollution, etc. reduced to a very large extent. Since the second wave of covid-19 has brought within the same situation, nature is now again on the verge of healing because of a lack of environment destructing activities.