One is the notorious novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 and another is global warming with its long-term effects. The issue of global warming has been a very prevalent issue since the introduction of the Industrial Revolution during the mid-18th century, when England was known as one of the most densely polluted country of its time through the introduction of machineries and coal as a source of mechanical fuel. These two are linked together without a doubt, as the emission of greenhouse gases has a significant value because of the contributive nature of machineries and vehicles to a pinch.
As no direct study or report has been established, it is quite not understood to the full extent. The virus can be transmitted in any geographically place, be it humid or freezing cold. Before the pandemic struck us deep, the level of carbon emissions rose upto 1% approximately each year, according to a 2019 study. Though renewable energy expanded considerably, it still failed to replace the more convenient fossil fuel as the main source of energy.
The virus took its toll on December 30, 2019, later declared on next year’s January as a global pandemic and quickly rose up the latter as one of the worst casualties faced in recent years. Multiple government policies and implementations caused most economical sectors to change accordingly. Within the first few months, all except a few were forced to go under a complete lockdown. These restrictions damaged the local economy so much so that the USA’s SBA introduced EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster) to the table. However, the loopholes were more than prominent as bigger companies did not hesitate to binge in for the perfect opportunity, causing multiple smaller businesses to be robbed of possible grants.
Between all the other casualties, the COVID-19 pandemic is different as it significantly highlights the mass confinement of the population on a larger scale. It also highlights the psychology of general constraint behaviour. As a result, one can not be too sure of the direct long-term consequences from the lack of CO2 emissions throughout.
One of the best examples would be the self-heal of the Ganges river, India’s holiest and the most populated river. Although the state’s government has spent millions over the course of many years for the preservation of the river, due to the entire country-wide lockdown, the lifetime of the Ganges improved remarkably.
But the question arises: for how long will it ultimately last? We may have been seeing multiple positive outcomes, but no one can tell the future of it. In a few years, the world might revert back to its old face. Uncertainty results in curiosity, so as long as the population agrees to continue to preserve their land, water and air, the downfall of the globe might not be too soon in our sight.
Ignorance is as fatal as a deadly disease, with its effects being lethal as the time goes upwards. For such, we should try to raise our heads amongst the strains. The pandemic’s end might be declared at any time soon, but our target should remain consistent with the increased pathways of greenhouse gases emissions for decades. Opportunities exist for the sake of structural changes through the means of implementation, including both the pandemic and the global denial.
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