Within a few months, the world has changed. Millions of people have infected the Coronavirus and hundreds of thousands of people have already died from it. We are facing an unprecedented crisis, where we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow and when it’s going to end. With countries and cities around the world are gradually shutting down, workers are either unemployed or have to work remotely from home, students are taking online classes instead of attending schools, and public places are completely deserted. Surprisingly, one topic of discussion has popped out recently.

As factories, businesses, and transportation networks have closed down, it has brought to a sudden drop of carbon emissions. In China, coal use fell by 40% at China’s six largest power plants since the last quarter of 2019. In India, locals claimed it’s the first time they’ve had a good view of the Himalayas’ Dhauladhar range in “decades.”

As people were instructed to stay home, in Venice, canals have turned crystal clear after boat traffic was halted, swans and fish are enjoying the precious time before human return. In Las Vegas, a few geese had plenty of room to go for a nice walk down Las Vegas Boulevard.


One thing is evident from these incidents mentioned earlier, the Earth is taking a brief break from human activities and taking the burden off her back. If we reduce our impacts on nature, it will produce clean water, fresh air, and all other things that benefit the environment in return.


Even though the carbon emissions will increase and public places will be crowded after the pandemic ends, we should pick up what we learned from this crisis.

We must not only keep it in mind but practice them in our everyday lives.




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