I keep seeing news reports about the changes that are happening around the world because we have ceased many of our global operations while countries wait out the pandemic.
Smog has decreased, animals are roaming about more freely, the waterways and the oceans are cleaner, I see schools of fish out in our bay almost every day, something I haven't seen all summer, what with all the jet skis roaring around ... People can see the Himalayas from India for the first time in 30 years.
Can we say it will stay this way, that it will get even better as nature does what she can to restore an equilibrium always threatened because of us? I don't want to get all heavy here about the environment but I find it fascinating to read these news reports. Nature healing itself.
The effect we have on our environment has become startlingly obvious because we have come to a standstill. We are walking and bicycling and so decreasing exhaust emissions. Manufacturing has been slowed and the air quality is better. Many of us are working from home, lessening pressure on roadways and infrastructure. No recreational fishing and the fish have come out of hiding. Less litter on the streets because we're littering at home these days, and almost all of the airplanes are parked up so goodness knows how many tonnes of carbon in the air we're saving there.
Maybe when we come out of this we won't use our cars quite as much and we'll keep up the exercise regimes we've refined over the last several weeks. We'll bike to work rather than taking the car or bus.
When we see what a difference we've made by staying home, how beautiful things are, maybe we'll think twice before throwing the cigarette butt out the car window or dropping the plastic bottle in the ditch.