Silver Lining of COVID-19: Environmental Impacts

Anissa Seeger-Husain

Following all the media reports on the pandemic and the fact that we are all self-isolating at home, let us take a moment to appreciate something positive that arose from millions of people across the world being in lockdown. There is less air pollution in big cities thanks to reduced vehicles on the roads. The water in Venice’s canals looks clearer than ever before. However, it is important to point out that the water is not necessarily cleaner; the sediments just aren’t coming to the surface because there is no boat trafficking. Nevertheless, further pollution is being prevented by the fact that there are no more tourists and few people outside. According to scientists at Columbia University New York, there has been a 5-10 percent drop in CO2 emissions this week as traffic levels fall 35 percent. Amidst these positive effects, it is important to note that social media platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok are spreading fake news of animals flourishing in quarantined cities. An example of this, according to the National Geographic is the dolphins in Venice that were actually filmed in a port in Sardinia, in the Mediterranean Sea, hundreds of miles away. Therefore, it is important to take note of our improving nature but also to still think critically and not to believe every post or article we see.