Social distancing could help save the planet

It all came so fast, one minute you have a job, a social life and you’re looking forward to that girl/guys trip you’ve got planned for the summer. Then the next thing you know, all that is gone, and you’re forced to stay inside, and now you must actually talk to your family members.

Despite the economic toll this is taking on everyone, not to mention mentally as well, could staying indoors and socially isolating ourselves help us out in the long run?

People are forced to stay in more, which means less cars on the road, less planes in the sky, and less public transport. This gives a chance for greenhouse gas emissions to drop significantly.

A researcher from the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies [LUCSUS], Kimberly Nichols, made the following statement: “Any time you can avoid getting on a plane, getting in a car or eating animal products, that’s substantial climate savings.” S

he conducted a study in 2018 about actions people can take to reduce carbon emissions, she is also writing a book on the subject.

Overall, in Europe, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been 11,000 fewer pollution related deaths.

Not to mention China and India, two of the most polluted countries in the world, have also seen a significant drop in air pollution and related issues.

It could be argued that the timing of this pandemic came just as the planet was really starting to go downhill.

Politicians informing us that overall we have until 2030 to reverse the damage we’ve caused to the Earth surely sent a lot of people into a panic.

It seemed impossible just this time last year to even think of the possibility that we could reverse thousands of years of environmental damage in just ten years. Now that doesn’t seem too far-fetched, the planet is on its way to healing itself, with the help of covid-19.