In relation to the environment, I believe that COVID-19 has a double standard due to the fact that it carries both negative and positive effects to our environment. Due to the global pandemic, many people and organizations found their daily routines disrupted and were forced to accomodate sudden changes to their lifestyle. But in the long run, the lockdown effected by the NIgerian government had its benefits on the environment, the reduction of human activities served as a recovery time for the land.
But admist the few benefits to the environment I can't help but feel that there were more negative effects than positive. First and foremost was the increase in the felling of trees during this period. During the pandemic, people in rural areas had difficulty in getting fuel and natural gas to carry out their day to day activities, desert enchroachment in the Northern parts of the country have been on a rise due to this. The government has made policies to try to check this but have done little next to nothing to enforce these policies. No country will be able to last if this goes on.
The increase in waste generation was not so surprising . No arrangements for the proper disposal of safety equipment (masks and gloves) were made so there was an increase in the indisciminate dumping of refuse in gutteres and on the roads. This posed a problem to various communities when the raining season arrrived. With the water having no pathway to flow due to the blocked gutters, areas in Abuja and Lagos experienced mass destruction of property.
Our already dwindling ecological balance was further destablized. Various disinfectants chemicals were used during the pandemic, and due to improper practices, these toxic materials made their way into water bodes and affected the aquatic organisms inhabiting the waters. Aside from the death of these organisms, this caused water pollution. Some parts of the country do not have access to proper water supply, so they depend heavily on getting water from natural sources. These people found themselves in a tough situation.
The pandemic highlighted some of the already glaring problems of the country. At the end of the day the matter at hand is not to create new policies but to create allowances for the ones that have already been put in place to be properly effected. I feel that the government should be more concerned with finding a way alleviate the negative effects.