While We are under lockdown, nature is chilling. Here are some feel-good stories specially for earth day which was on 22nd april. The world is on house arrest and organizations have shut down, the economy is taking a hit and everybody are hit with anxiety. But while we are shut behind the four walls, earth is having the time of her life!
River Ganga’s water quality has improved so much over the last few weeks that its being called fit for to drink. Scientists claim that there is substantial improvement in the quality. Since industrial waste is 0 and no one is taking a dip or dumping waste in it. Fish and marine life has also returned . This lockdown has done what ” namami gange ” cudnt do in years. Even river Yamnua has amazed inhabitants by its sparkling water.
Turtles have come out to beaches to rest and chill. Odisha saw around 8 lakh Olive Ridley turtules coming out of the ocean. According to experts six crore eggs will be laid out this year. Nearly 100 criticially endangered seat turtles hatched on a deserted beach in Brazil as well. In thailand, a rare sight of turtles builfing nests was also spotted.
Air quality has improved significantly. You can actually go out on terrace and watch stars as one used to see it in their childhood. Peacocks are dancing outside. There was a full length rainbow in Delhi the other day. Around 51% nitrogen oxide levels and 32% co2 levels have dropped during march 22-23 as compared to march 21. Over 90 Indian cities also recorded minimal air pollution. With the lockdown being imposed stringently, something that hasnt happened since world was 2, is happening. The Dhauladhar Mountain, which is part of Himalayan Chain of mountain ranges, can be seen from Jalandahr, which is 230 kms away.
Greenhouse gases are plummeting since carbon emissions are on an all time low. World estimates have put global emission dropping around 5%. Noise pollution significantly drops along with air pollution and gives animals rare break from the cacophony of traffic and other noices. Dozens of elephants are set free of wooden chairs on their backs as tourism drops in Thailand. Well all of these was much needed can can be seen as positive side of everything that is happening as of now.