“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”Hippocrates
How does being in lockdown feel? Isn’t it similar to an ongoing cricket match suddenly interrupted by the rain? Or a boxing match where the referee who had to pause the game and intervene to separate the two players still hurling those mighty punches on each other.
This time the tables have been turned by nature. The situation of human lockdown due to COVID 19 spread is an epic event in our lives. The books of history will surely note the same. Well, we are the part of the cosmos and not the ones who get it going. Our superiority comes from the ‘awakening of mind’. The consciousness of being ‘naked’ that emerged after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.
The ‘pause’ or the lockdown of humans is similar to what animals must have been feeling all these years. The feeling of helplessness while inside the locked doors of a zoo or as the chain tied ‘best friends’ in many houses. But the pause was imminent as humans were not ready to stop. The daily sprints of getting better overlooking humanity and the laws of nature had to stop somewhere. Though a sad one, this pause is a chance for another awakening. The one again initiated by us but for the larger good. All one needs to do is observe the change, realize the impact both positive & negative and act to establish the equilibrium.
Meanwhile, nature is already in a self-repair mode. Like in the Hippocrates saying, nature too is taking this sudden opportunity for healing itself. It is functioning to establish the lost harmony between man, plants, animals, and the vital environment.
Some of the positive effect of global lockdown around the earth are:
Animals are claiming back their habitat:
With 7.8 Bn. people populating the globe, the wild animals were displaced from their original habitat and confined to a smaller space. Sustenance of many was becoming a thing to worry about. As an optimistic side note of the pandemic, animals have started to return back. In India, Sambhar Deer, Blue bull (nilgai), Elephant, were seen roaming inside the city areas.
Olive Ridley turtles came on the shore of Orissa coastline and are enjoying some unhindered ‘me-time’. In the bustling business capital of India, Mumbai too peacocks have arrived in the city area.
Countries like the U.S., Italy, France, Spain and Chili are also witnessing the return of animals to their original homes.
As for marine life, even fishes, whales, dolphins, etc. are curious about the sudden disappearance of humans and the ships. The sudden pause in the massive human infiltration in their habitat has given them a chance to come on surface and enjoy fresh, cleaner water. In North America and nearby areas of Vancouver, orcas & whales are seen swimming respectively near the coast. While swans, cormorants, fishes are seen in the now cleaner canals of Venice. Dolphins are seen many times near Cagliari, one of the big ports of Italy.
Cleaner Air & Water for All:
The lockdown has impacted the air quality index tremendously across the globe. Pollution levels across major metropolitan cities have dropped drastically. Not only the nitrogen dioxide levels but also the level of harmful particulate matter, PM 2.5 has gone down. Post the lockdown Wuhan, one of the busiest cities of China and the place from where COVID-19 has spread is also witnessing a decrease in nitrogen dioxide levels. Same is happening in New Delhi, New York, Rome and more. The main reasons for this are a significant decrease in air travel and traffic on roads.
All around the world, water bodies like river, seas and oceans are healing too. In India, the Ganga and Yamuna rivers have been observed to have purer water than before.
Hope this positive development in nature continues to be the same even after lockdown is over. Undoubtedly, the onus is on us.
Happy Sustainable Living!
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