Back in 2019, humans were using the Earth’s resources 1.75 times faster than our ecosystem can regenerate, which plays a part in future resource security. Last year, we had marked July 29 as “Earth Overshoot Day,” meaning that on that date, we had used up all our natural resources budgeted for the entire year.
If we were to push back overshoot day by five days every year, then that would mean we could reach “one-planet compatibility” by the year 2050. For us to achieve this, we need to cut back on a lot of things like fossil fuel emission by 50%. With how fast humans are consuming the Earth’s resources, we could expect global warming to worsen in the days to come.
Sadly, some people still think that global warming is a myth and that it does not exist. Some people believe that global warming is a tactic of some sort to scare people into using less because they want us to stop developing as a whole, but global warming is very much real. It is too real that Mother Nature has made her way of saving herself.
A few months ago, a virus had started to go around, infecting so many people in such a short amount of time. Naturally, the human reaction was fear. Yet another SARS outbreak, but this time it was different, and it was much harder to control. Fast forward to today, and we have COVID-19 still loose with us being far from even getting things back to normal.
We have now entered a state of new normal where hugs and handshakes are ill-advised, and masks are the latest fashion trend. For months, we have been indoors, only being allowed to go out for necessities. Social interaction has been limited to whoever you are stuck with at home, meeting people outside, and talking to them with a 6 feet distance from each other.
Since everyone is stuck at home, cars are left parked; lights go off at an earlier time, no loud music blasted into the wee hours of the night, and less plastic use. We have not just been forced into a new normal of not being able to interact physically socially. Still, we have now unknowingly started to lessen our carbon footprint, garbage, loud music, lights, and Mother Nature is suffering less. No one is out there polluting the Earth even more, and no one is out there consuming more of the Earth’s resources than they are supposed to.
Mother Nature has now made a move to save herself and to save all of us. This pandemic has done so much damage at this point with millions dead and infected all over the world, but because of this pandemic, we get to live a little longer with a bit of more resources than we were supposed to have. Somehow, this pandemic did us a favor by forcing us to live at home. We get to spend time with the people who matter the most without having to compromise our planet even more.
Let us take this time to help out our planet. This is the best time to start that gardening project you always wanted to do, or maybe you should be planting your food? At least you know your vegetables are all-natural, and it could be a great bonding moment for the family. Whatever it is, now is the best time to take a step forward to help our planet. So we can look back and say, I did something great while the world was in COVID-19 chaos.