Nature during Lockdown VS. Nature after Lockdown: the matter of great concern

“With humans confined to the houses, animals seem to be getting their much-needed space. While a Nilgai was spotted roaming free on the streets of Noida in March, a group of monkeys was filmed having a pool party in posh society in Mumbai.” – News18

“A few days after, residents of Saharanpur woke up to a similar view; to the beautiful sight of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years.”

“Ganga River Water Has Now Become Fit for Drinking as Industries Remain Shut Due to Lockdown” – News18

“Noise level was reduced up to 35% to 68% all over the world.” – ScienceDirect

“Wildlife gets a chance to reclaim their land.” – ScienceDirect

Covid-19 Pandemic had adverse effects on mankind. It caused nations to call lockdowns, people got locked into their own homes. Millions of people suffered from this virus and hundreds of people died, numerous people lost their jobs, the Indian Economy crashed. People were asked to follow social distancing means staying away from each other to avoid the transmission of the Coronavirus. Lots of people suffered from health issues as well as mental stress due to being at home. The life patterns of numerous people changed overnight.

While on the other hand for nature this pandemic and lockdown have proved to be so beneficial. When all of us had to stay in our homes due to lockdown, nature got the chance to heal itself. The above-mentioned headlines are some instances of mother earth trying to heal itself. The most significant change can be seen when experts claimed that Ganga’s water has now become fit for drinking. Not only Ganga’s water but the water quality of rivers like the Yamuna has also improved. The main reason behind this change is the reduced pollution. Because of lockdown, industrial activities have reduced and it leads to the improved water quality of Ganga’s water. The air quality has also improved. Due to lockdown, all of us were not allowed to go outside or roam around and it leads to the reduction in the pollution caused by driving vehicles.

Not only for the environment but this pandemic also proved beneficial for wildlife. While all of us were confined in our homes, animals get the chance to roam around.

“Critically endangered, South Asian River Dolphins also known as Ganges Dolphins have been spotted back in the Ganga river after 30 years. Due to the reduced pollution in water, the South Asian River Dolphins have been spotted at various Ganga Ghats of Kolkata.” – India Today

After the 3 months’, lockdown the Indian Government announced unlock, gradually the prohibitions on social and economic activities were removed. But the main question arises what we have learned from this whole pandemic and lockdown?

Here are some news headlines after the lockdown –

‘Delhi recorded the worst air quality in four years on the day after Diwali as pollution levels in the city and its suburbs crossed the “emergency” threshold on Sunday due to the combined effect of stubble burning and firecrackers.” – Ndtv

Such types of news prove that we have not really learned anything from the lockdown. Seva believes that we must accept that we human beings are the actual threat to nature. When we were confined in our homes, nature got the chance to heal itself. Lots of positive changes could be seen not only in India but all around the world. But after the lockdown, the same callous attitude can be traced. People show ignorance towards the social-distancing guidelines, they don’t wear masks while traveling in public space. After the lockdown, we came back to our daily activities with the same callous and selfish attitude and the above-mentioned headline is the best example of man’s callous attitude towards the environment. During Diwali, we Indians burnt lots of crackers that caused the air quality to be the worst in the 4 years. Not only Diwali celebration but during new year celebration also, we raised the pollution level. Indeed, this is a great matter of concern.

“New Year eve celebrations in Delhi push pollution level to severe.” – HindustanTimes

Through this blog, Seva would like to encourage its readers to understand the importance of nature. We are in 2021 and with the starting of the Indian Vaccination Programme, we are sure that we will win this battle with Covid-19 soon. But, we must not forget the lessons that we have learned during this lockdown. Slowly, everything is opening up and Seva recommends its readers to be a little kinder towards nature so that we can flourish with nature in harmony.

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park has already opened and Seva would like to encourage the ones who are planning to visit the park, to be a little cautious while visiting the Park. We urge you to not tease animals and not throw litter anywhere. Please be a little contemplative towards nature and wildlife. Please don’t disturb nature and the wildlife staying there.

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