March 18, 2020

Pandemic and Climate Change

By John Boy Jerry Csapo-Camu
Pandemic and Climate Change - EcoShackNZ

It’s great to see that pollution level across the world has decreased significantly. They say that climate change has halted as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic impacting each countries’ economy and individual’s health and lifestyle. As a planet advocate, I didn’t expect this good news about pollution and climate change to come at a very unfortunate time. Am I happy about it? I sure am. Do I wish we achieve it other ways than having a pandemic? I sure do! 

My heart goes out to each and every one who has been directly and indirectly affected by this pandemic. Regardless of socio-economic status, age, gender, and religion, we can all feel and sense the ominous aura that this situation brings; the palpable fear amongst everyone is apparent. Many people have already died, and lots more are getting infected every second as the virus spreads from one city to another. Stringent guidelines have already been put in place by respective governments as they try to curtail the spread of this respiratory infection. This sounds like the start of an apocalyptic zombie movie unfolding in front of our very eyes. 

On a positive note, we do know what to do to protect ourselves and others from this contagious microorganism. What we need are diligence, discipline, and vigilance. It is easy enough to keep our hands clean, to self-isolate when needed, and to be mindful when coughing and sneezing!

Responsible individuals – that’s what we need to be!

Today, my favourite coffee place has stopped accepting reusable coffee cups as their preventive measure for the current environment. I overheard one of the patrons complaining how senseless and overkill the café’s move was. In my mind, even though I’m all for sustainable living and being plastic-free, it is imperative that we do everything we can and put all our efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19. Yes, I believe something has to give. I don’t want us to wait for more lives to be taken, for our hospitals to be at full capacity, and for the economy to crash further before we actually take all this seriously. 

I believe with full conviction: it pays to overdo it now than to be sorry for not doing enough tomorrow.

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