Why the global lockdown is good for our environment

One of the major concern of the last decade globally was climate change. World leaders came to the agreement that something must be done to reduce emissions and global warming.

The Paris Agreement was signed in 2016 with the long-term temperature goal to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels; and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 °C, recognizing that this would substantially reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. In the 12-page Agreement, the member countries promised to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” 

Despite all the convictions without doubt that we need to reduce our carbon footprint, no one has been bold enough to slam on the brakes of the monster machines destroying our environment. Innovations like rechargeable vehicles and renewable energy have not been adopted on a scale large enough to make a significant impact on the environment positively. One argument for not slamming on the brakes or slowing things down is that is can destory the global economy; who want another recession?

In 2019, the president of USA, Donald Trump withdrew the world largest economy from the Paris Agreement creating a setback to one of the largest effort to save our planet. The earth we all call home and should all strive to protect have once again not been given the very much attention it needed.

Then the Amazon rainforest started burning in Brazil and devastating huge bushfires in Australia. Before we could realize what was going on, like a thief in the night, the novel Coronavirus brought more than 99% of all global to a halt within the first three months of 2020. The earth could not take it anymore. Like a man pushed to the wall, the only other way to face is the abuser.

Nature and mother earth is now forcing us to go on a global holiday we should have taken willingly, take measures we should have put in place to reduce emissions an pollution globally and make some the hard decisions we should have made. Millions of factories are shut, carbon emitting vehicle are parked and all flights are cancelled among others.

If we do not make taking good care of the earth our utmost priority after this compulsory holiday from the global lockdown, we may be setting ourselves up for an eternal holiday when we are finally knocked out.

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