Although there has always been a heated debate about the future of the planet, in terms of the increasing threat of global warming and the future of humanity in this context, human society has not fully understood the implications of the current model of economic and social development on the universe.
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The COVID-19 pandemic was a real test that showed people around the world the negative effects of the current economic development model of human society on the environment.
However, here’s how the pandemic that has led to traffic restrictions and economic shutdowns has had some major environmental benefits.
Several international studies have found that lockdowns imposed in countries around the world to prevent or at least limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus have had some unexpectedly beneficial consequences for the planet in general and for different ecosystems.
- Reducing fossil fuel consumption and industrial activity
With the restriction of freedom of movement and the imposition of isolation on large areas, especially in the area of large urban agglomerations, transport, from air to ground, experienced an unprecedented coma throughout modern history. Thus, pollutant emissions from the use of fossil fuels were reduced to unprecedented levels, providing a real “breath of clean air” for the environment as a whole.
Reducing economic activities, especially those that were only allowed on the basis of environmental permits, has played an important role in reducing industrial pollution, especially in significantly reducing premature deaths found in highly industrialized areas, said Simena Rulia, the chancellor. and Environmental Engineer at Stratos Management.
According to studies, the atmosphere and hydrosphere have benefited from reduced pollution and spills caused by human activity, with studies clearly showing rapid improvements in criteria and indicators that measure pollution. In areas where massive restrictions have been imposed, satellite images monitoring air pollution have shown an almost miraculous reduction in pollutants. Also, the waters of some rivers, or coastal areas that are highly polluted or that have suffered from spills and human activity, experienced a period of near-normal return to specific environmental parameters and indicators.
- Reduce tourist pressure
Tourism, a very interesting activity for people, puts great pressure on the environment, especially with regard to transportation, the main source of noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Traffic restrictions and lockdowns have led to a significant reduction in air travel and tourist travel, so that entire geographies with a tourist destination have seen a positive return of environmental indicators.
The question is how companies, individuals and authorities will act in the post-pandemic period and whether the lessons and signals conveyed by ecosystems will be understood by all in the sense of accountability and adapting activities in a sustainable and environmentally neutral manner, Simena Rulia also pointed out.
Simina works within the team of Stratos Management – a multi-accredited environmental consultancy, based on environmental engineering studies and a master’s degree in the same field at the Faculty of Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
Its activity in the company, which is governed by customer guidance and supported by continuous documentation, consists of environmental advice provided to clients in various fields of activity, through information and guidance on the application of environmental legislation in the area of interest, the preparation of reports, the acquisition of documents regulated by the legislation in force, the identification, selection and adaptation of the best Solutions and answers to customer needs, but also support the use of waste management platform.