Uganda's Environment and covid-19

The Covid 19 pandemic had diverse effects on people, places, activities and economies all around the world. Among the most affected spheres of life was the environment. Sometimes negatively and at times positively.

This is how it affected Uganda's environment

One of the earliest characteristics of the pandemic was the movement restriction known as "Lockdown" for the first time in ages almost all town people spent their time at home. This meant there were less vehicles in the cities, less industrial activity and less busy urban centers. This cleared the air and gave people an opportunity to breathe clean air. Something that has always been a privilledge reserved for the people that live in less urbanised areas of uganda.

On a normal day in the Capital city Kampala you can not call someone that is 7 meters away and they hear you. This was possible during the pandemic due to the less noise polluted streets. Once again people who like to meditate by connecting with nature could do just that in the silence of the lonely neighbourhoods

It is worth nothing that lakes saw an increase in the population of aquatic life species due to the prolonged break in fishing activity, something that was long deserved for these highly overused water bodies.

Some of the negative effects included to home pollution since most people bought things online and had to get them delivered in plastic bags and boxes that were rarely recycled. Besides, houses were over populated due to the fact that almost every familly member was at home.

The long term effect of collecting plastic in the houses was obviously polution on the land. Most of the waste was in form of home used food containers, PPE waste like disposable face masks and gloves.

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