UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON OUR ENVIRONMENT

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.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    20 Apr 2021

    An excellent post that shows great speaking (or, in this case, writing!). You have clearly outlined the impact of the pandemic on the environment where are you. I look forward to hearing what other students have to contribute about what the situation is like where they are. Well done!

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  • global-conversation.png ethical_argument | Anglican International Academy | Nigeria
    20 Apr 2021

    Hello it is ethical_argument and I am a Nigerian and from the area I am living in the pandemic isn't having that much effect on us , only that people don't really talk much to one another and everybody is always indoors and I hope that Covid -19 goes soon because I want to be able to see my friends again and be able to talk and play with them again,

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    1. global-conversation.png super_pineapple | Parbati Ma Vi. | Nepal
      ethical_argument's comment 30 Apr 2021

      It is right .I also like to play with friends but in this time we can stay safe in the home .
      .

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  • global-conversation.png idealistic_chocolate | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    20 Apr 2021

    The Earth was living on a bomb that may anytime and anywhere explode due to the accumulation and high activities like burning fossil fuels, CO2 emissions and many. Covid-19 showed the world how Earth is polluted and it deserves a break to take a breath, the percentage of pollution has decreased and the many factories stopped due to the lockdown. But many people in rural areas hadn't fuel to make a fire to warm their houses so it is the government's problem they didn't helped people in electricity and didn't gave them enough attention. This problem is a governmental issue not making a lockdown that is suitable for all people.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Phillipp Ershov Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      idealistic_chocolate's comment 20 Apr 2021

      Hi idealistic_chocolate. You raise a few interesting points. It would be great if we could explore some of them. First, you say that the 'Earth was living on a bomb'--I see what your point is, but it would be great if you could support it with data and evidence: what exactly are the implications of increasing emissions and what are the negative consequences scientists forecast, if any? The other point you make about the role of the government in helping people provide electricity is also very interesting and raises a number of issues that would be interesting to explore. For example, can you think of potential reasons why the government did not provide people with electricity and why it did not give people enough attention? Secondly, what would you say are the reasons why the government should help people in the first place?

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  • global-conversation.png independent_eel | Anglican International Academy | Nigeria
    20 Apr 2021

    Hello I'm lndipendent_eel, and the Covid 19 effect on us isn't really negative for me it's positive cause since the lock down we've been inside the whole time and I'm kind of actually used to it and in our neighbourhood everyone is just like everything is so dull and everyone is taking a nap or something, so I'm kind of use to it

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Phillipp Ershov Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      independent_eel's comment 20 Apr 2021

      Hi indipendent_eel - do you think that the fact people are taking naps instead of working is a good thing? Could it mean that they are not practising skills that will help them become better workers in the workplace? And if workers are losing skills, what impact might that have on the broader economy?

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    2. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg nice_beaver | Bruntcliffe Academy
      independent_eel's comment 28 Apr 2021

      Hello. COVID 19 may seem to have a have a better impact, but many people are spending much more time at home, during which time people have used many more delivery services such as Amazon. One parcel requires fuel and electricity just for it to be delivered, which causes greenhouse gas emissions. You have stated in your comment that you and others that you know have been spending much more time at home, this is unfortunate and may superficially seem beneficial however, more people including yourself are using more and more electricity which can be proved by your usage of an electronic device to post your comment. The overuse of fossil fuels must be considered as a factor of COVID-19's impact on the environment. You have ignored the fact that while at home you are using electricity which comes from a fuel source that is most likely non-renewable.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        nice_beaver's comment 28 Apr 2021

        Do you think the electricity usage at homes outweighs the carbon emissions saved through grounded planes etc? Can you find any data or statistics that tells us more?

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  • global-conversation.png insightful_seed | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    20 Apr 2021

    To me ,insightful_seed ,
    I think I understand some of the effects of this pandemic ,because in my country, most of us pay much attention to our tv sets to watch telenovelas and other un-necessary programs but not to the latest updates in the country and the world ,but now ,due to this pandemic ,we now pay most of our attention to the latest updates in the country and the world and this has really helped us.

    I also think it has helped us in taking good care of our health care ,because before the pandemic, most people eat any how without thinking of the foods bad effect on his / her health care. But now people eat much fruits and vegetables in order to support their immune system grow healthy.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: John O'Hara @ KPMG
      insightful_seed's comment 21 Apr 2021

      Hi insighful seeds. It's good that you're able to see some positives that have come out of the pandemic. You say that paying attention to updates across the world and within your country has really helped Ghana and the people of Ghana. Can you expand on this a bit more? How do you think it has helped and what benefits has it brought?

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      1. global-conversation.png insightful_seed | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
        John O'Hara @ KPMG's comment 21 Apr 2021

        Hi John O'Hara,
        This pandemic has helped my country listening to the latest updates in my country and the whole world because most people spend their time on watching un-necessary programs like the telenovelas music which are not educative and some others. These people normally don't get time to watch educative programs like watching and listening to the latest updates in the world. But due to this pandemic , people now listen and watch the latest updates in the world . To me I will say it has also reduced deaths , because ,people get scared when they see people loosing their lives each and every day ,so they do follow the protocols needed

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    2. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg idealistic_editor | Bruntcliffe Academy
      insightful_seed's comment 28 Apr 2021

      I agree, due to the pandemic, people are taking a lot more interest in the world, and what many world leaders are doing to protect their countries. It has made everyone aware of the world's events. However, i do not think all people are eating healthily, as when takeaway shops opened, many more people bought food from there.

      The fact that restaurants were closed will have had an impact there too, as more people will have bought takeaway food to get some sense of normality. This has an impact on the environment, as when the food is being delivered, fumes are being released into the atmosphere, which can cause global warming. As well as this, takeaway food contains a lot of oil, which is not only unhealthy, but it goes down the drains and can get stuck, which can take many years to degrade.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        idealistic_editor's comment 28 Apr 2021

        Well done for offering a different perspective!

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  • global-conversation.png forgiving_cliff | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    21 Apr 2021

    Dawhenya Methodist Basic B' School.

    Hello everyone l'm forgiving _ cliff the global disruption cause by the COVID-19 has brought about several effect on the environment and climate. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedente challenge. The positive effect of COVID-19 lockdown and movement restriction on the regional environment identified in this study included a reduction in air pollution improvement of air and water quality, lower noise levels, and reduce land surface temperature.

    Hello everyone l'm forgiv_cliff

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  • global-conversation.png magnificent_drawing | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    21 Apr 2021

    The global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is affecting every part of human lives, including the physical world. The measures taken to control the spread of the virus and the slowdown of economic activities have significant effects on the environment. Therefore, this study intends to explore the positive and negative environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, by reviewing the available scientific literatures. This study indicates that our environment pressed the reset button during the pandemic situation significantly improves air quality in different cities across the world, reduces GHGs emission, lessens water pollution and noise, and reduces the pressure on the tourist destinations, which may assist with the restoration of the ecological system. Factories work , wastes , and all kinds of pollution were reduced. Which gives a hope to us that our world is really changes positively in different circumstances.

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  • global convo icon.png authentic_grapefruit | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
    21 Apr 2021

    Your very right the government should be more concerned but we should take too individually
    Anyway text was awesome. Its Authentic_grapefruit, Uganda.

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  • global convo icon.png authentic_grapefruit | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
    21 Apr 2021

    Your very right the government should be more concerned but we should take charge too individually
    Anyway text was awesome. Its Authentic_grapefruit, Uganda.

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    1. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      authentic_grapefruit's comment 22 Apr 2021

      I just feel that individual impact won't be as felt as much as much as the collective effort of the people as a whole. Plus I feel like having the government giving a helping hand would go a long way in accelerating our progress.

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  • global-conversation.png trustworthy_independence | Ras Beirut Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    21 Apr 2021

    The global disruption caused by the COVID-19 has brought about several effects on the environment and climate. Due to movement restriction and a significant slowdown of social and economic activities, air quality has improved in many cities with a reduction in water pollution in different parts of the world.

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  • global-conversation.png trustworthy_leaf | Green Hill Academy Kibuli | Uganda
    21 Apr 2021

    Hello, For me in my country the negative effects are much more than the positive ones therefore I agree with spontaneous_molecule because in Uganda pollution just increased, as spontaneous_molecule mentioned the people in rural areas needed a source of fuel and income to even afford one meal a day therefore increasing the rate of deforestation. The people used to use the wood fuel to make charcoal for sale by burning but the problem is that during burning the air was polluted with smoke. In other countries many the environment has benefitted from Covid-19 but in Uganda the only people who have benefitted are the people who sell/ make masks and sanitizer. Even the school system has been disorganized but rumors have it that it ill be back to normal by 2024 if Covid-19 doesn't strike again.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      trustworthy_leaf's comment 21 Apr 2021

      This is really interesting, thank you for sharing examples of negative effects on the environment caused by covid-19. I've given you a star for thinking critically about the effects.

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    2. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      trustworthy_leaf's comment 22 Apr 2021

      I think the story is the same here, the only people that benefitted from the pandemic were those selling masks and sanitizers, but the infant industries found themselves in a precarious situation and government did little to cushion the effects on this group of people

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    3. global-conversation.png innovative_fox | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      trustworthy_leaf's comment 28 Apr 2021

      Hope everything is fine over there and things get better as soon as possible loved the post love to hear some more!.

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  • global-conversation.png observant_sparrow | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    21 Apr 2021

    Hi it's observant_sparrow
    The pandemic also brought some negative aspects. The first and most obvious is the dramatic increase in internet use. In Italy, for example, Telecom Italia has seen a 70% increase in internet traffic following the closure of schools. In France, traffic increased by more than 50% from the first days of confinement. The Internet being greedy in energy and servers, this increase has caused an increase in CO2 emissions from the digital sector.

    Another consequence of this health crisis is the increase in bad practices around the end of life of disposable protective masks. In fact, we see more and more masks thrown on the sidewalks, on the beaches, etc. The "Operation Clean Sea" association carried out an outing in Golfe-Juan, in the Alpes-Maritimes, in May, and put together many disposable masks and gloves. However, it is estimated that these masks will take almost 400 years to completely decompose.
    Another more problematic aspect is the concealment of topical environmental topics. This was indeed entirely dedicated to the pandemic. Short-term subjects have thus taken precedence over longer-term subjects such as global warming. It is this temporality that can be dangerous for ecology: urgent and short-term subjects are always treated as a priority. While this seems logical, especially in the event of a pandemic, it threatens ecological issues which, despite being called a "climate emergency", are relegated to the background.

    The economic difficulties that will follow this health crisis should not eclipse the timid advances that emerged during the confinement: promotion of local agriculture, Made in France production, regional businesses, etc. This crisis could be a trigger and participate in a paradigm shift in France, placing the ecological transition in the foreground.

    observant_sparrow

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      observant_sparrow's comment 21 Apr 2021

      This comment ahs been awarded a star because you very clearly communicated your opinion and used evidence to think critically. Well done!

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  • global-conversation.png gregarious_potato | Jamil Al Rawas Public Secondary School for Boys | Lebanon
    21 Apr 2021

    First of all I shall praise you for your article since it completely delivers the topic to the reader. Although COVID-19 affected on our lives negatively, it still has an impact on the environment in a positive way since the amount of greenhouse gas has reduced, improved water quality and reduced noise pollution. Therefore it will lead to having a healthy life after COVID-19 is gone.

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    1. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      gregarious_potato's comment 22 Apr 2021

      I appreciate the praise. Thank you very much. In relation to my country, I'm afraid that I'll have to say that our government has never really been too concerned with our environment. And even when the pandemic came, and the damage to our environment became more pronounced, it still didn't receive as much attention as I expected. And on another note, in my opinion I'd have to say that my country was affected economically more than environmentally.

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  • global-conversation.png decisive_forest | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    21 Apr 2021

    How long does the virus that causes covid-19 last on surfaces?

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  • global-conversation.png caring_theory | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    21 Apr 2021

    I'm caring theory there is a lot of consequences on the pandemic the disposed of used nose mask is been thrown a long beaches,aisles and even beside road and gutters this has made the gutters chocked and roadside dirty which has to be checked and this masks are sometime gathered and burnt which the smoke of this masks goes straight to the atmosphere and this as result deplete the ozone layer gradually

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  • global-conversation.png modest_analysis | St Stephen's College Preparatory School | Hong Kong
    22 Apr 2021

    Hi it's modest_analysis
    I do agree that COVID-19 does have it's pros and cons. First of all the greenhouse gases have reduced, which is excellent as they have been affecting the Earth for so long, and I hope it will do less harm to the Earth now. Noise pollution is harmful to ears everywhere, especially for the elderly and the pollution on streets can be hazardous to everyone's health. If we can continue to quit using our cars too much and instead ride bikes or walk or scooter, then everyone will be healthier because of the reduced pollution, and the environment will be cleaner. I do wish for this future to happen and everyone to lead a healthier life.

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    1. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      modest_analysis's comment 22 Apr 2021

      I agree with your thoughts on walking or using bicycles, it would actually work better but what about a country like mine that doesn't have proper traffic systems put in place for cyclers and also doesn't have good roads?

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  • global-conversation.png trustworthy_editor | Dawhyenya Methodist Basic School B | Ghana
    22 Apr 2021

    Hellow am trustworthy_editor and I suggest that because my country Ghana is one of the LDC's,bad impact of COVID19 on the environment of my motherland are more than the good impact:
    COVID19 has forced businesses in Ghana to reduce wages for over hundreds of workers,many forms to cut cost by reducing staff hours,and in some cases leading to laying of workers.This is according to result from new COVID19 businesses tracker survey conducted by the Ghana statistical service (GSS),in collaboration with the United Nations development programme(UNDP)and the world bank.The result show that about 25.7% of the total work force had their wages reduced and about 42,00 employed were laid off during the coutries COVID19 partial lockdown.Government has already put in place diverse supports for businesses including the establish of a coronavirus alleviation program to protect jobs,livehoods and also,the government gave outGH600 million stimulas package to small and medium seals enterprises(SMES)to bost their businesses during the raise of the partial lockdown.
    Thank you.

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  • global-conversation.png agreeable_speech | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    23 Apr 2021

    It's certainly one of the hardest times for humanity, life has changed a lot in the past few months.

    COVID-19 is a virus that started on December 2019,in China (in Wuhan) causing a global pandemic.

    According to The Center for Systems Science and Engineering, it has already attacked 141 million people and killed 3millon people which is so painful .

    This pandemic has changed our daily life .
    At the beginning, many countries decided to close their airports, streets, ports and to announce comprehensive quarantine forfew months to stop the global spread of the epidemic which was so difficult for many people but it also helped some others.

    Many found themselves alone with their computer's (telephone) screen which was the only way to contact each other and we started homeschooling, telecommuting , working out and staying in touch with loved ones by using messengers, Instagram, zoom.....

    Some people enjoyed the lockdown by learning many stuff such as cooking, dancing.... But some didn't and they had many big problems

    COVID-19 as a pandemic, pointing to over 3 million cases and 207,973 deaths (on 11 March 2021) in 213 countries , has not only become a public health crisis but has also affected the global economy as many people became jobless. They also lost their houses, cars, and many other properties. Due to the lockdowns and curfews, cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, non essential shops, cinemas.....,were obliged to close their doors, which caused them great losses .

    In the United States, the proportion of people out of work hit a yearly total of 8.9%, according to the International Monetary Fund

    When COVID started people were scared to not have enough food, medicines....
    So many of them went to supermarkets and bought large quantities of food products, causing them to be unavailable to the rest of the population and making some families unable to obtain all the supplies.

    As we found out more about how Coronavirus spreads through the air, we learned to keep a distance, wear masks everywhere even if it's not really good for our health .

    The pandemic has also changed our way of greeting, the French way of two or three kisses and the handshake are out, the new thing is the elbow bump or Wuhan-shake.

    COVID has also affected the environment indirectly in different ways like in April 2020 there was a reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions (about 17%) while people were at home not using cars and factories were closed for a period of time.... This helped the environment to get better and pollution levels to be reduced .

    Now with the vaccine, COVID is getting less dangerous and our life started to get back to normal. We started to travel, visit friends, relatives, hang out, go to school, to work, and participate in protests and demonstrations ....But let's not forget to make our environment a priority.

    I hope you all are safe .Make sure to wear your masks and get vaccinated.❤❤
    Agreeable speech

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      agreeable_speech's comment 23 Apr 2021

      Well done for doing your research, agreeable_speech! But don't forget, the Global Conversation is about covid-19's impact on climate change, not just covid-19 in general. Try to make that the focus of your comments.

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      1. global-conversation.png agreeable_speech | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 23 Apr 2021

        Climate change is one of the most important issues facing humanity, it started a long time ago, due to human's selfish activities but we just came to know about it in the last century.
        Humans are increasingly impacting the climate and the earth's temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock , cutting down forests (deforestation), indiscriminate fishing , factories, using green house gases ...... Climate change is so urgent however people aren't reacting enough to this global warming . It will effect us more in the coming years that's why we should stop it.
        Covid-19 is a deadly virus that started few months ago in Wuhan in China and is killing thousands of people.
        But why are people reacting to covid-19 more than climate change?
        I think the only way that made people do this is that sickness and death were very close to them , infecting their families and friends as Covid 19 hit the world, which made people feel its danger and they were locked down for many months.
        However, they still did not feel how dangerous is climate change .
        All they feel is a small change in temperature or a disturbance in the weather but they do not know what is waiting for them and for the future generations.
        For this, I strongly believe that all the efforts made by individuals and governments to combat Covid 19 can be united to fight climate change .

        Stay safe ❤
        Agreeable_speech

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    2. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      agreeable_speech's comment 23 Apr 2021

      I can relate with you on this though, I'm someone who thrives on physical contact. So having that out of the picture was a major let down for me, but it also gave me some alone time and allowed me to reflect on some things. But that's besides the point, you're profile says your from Tunisia and so I wanted to ask whether you feel like Covid-19 affected your country more economically than environmentally?

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        spontaneous_molecule's comment 23 Apr 2021

        Well done for listening to what the author has to say and asking questions to develop your understand

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      2. global-conversation.png agreeable_speech | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
        spontaneous_molecule's comment 28 Apr 2021

        I actually do because after corona virus our environment didn't really change, it got affected that's for sure like there was a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, people started paying more attention to nature, and started doing theirs best to stop covid.
        But I feel that this pandemic affected the economy more like many people became jobless, they lost their properties
        Have you ever know that in the third quarter of 2020, 29 thousand unemployed people who had lost their job because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in Tunisia did not return to work even after their employer restarted the business activity
        What about you? Do you think that Covid-19 affected your country more economically than environmentally?

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  • global-conversation.png steadfast_ladder | Green Hill Academy Kibuli | Uganda
    24 Apr 2021

    I agree with you. In the lockdown
    pollution increased in Uganda. Since factories,were still allowed to operate so,there was air pollution. And also many plastics and other waste materials were thrown into lakes. There was a sudden increase in the rainfall which led to floods to those who had settled at the shores and those who had encroached on the lakes.

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  • global-conversation.png genial_beaver | Penwortham Girls' High School | United Kingdom
    25 Apr 2021

    Although there have been negative economic impacts of covid, the environmental impacts have been great. Ever since the stay at home order was enforced pollution levels decreased dramatically and even allowed nature to take over. Some things that happened were dolphins being spotted in canals in Venice and lions on roads in South Africa. Covid caused economical crisis however for the environment it was a blessing in disguise. The economy can be rebuilt but the environment and atmosphere cannot. Arguably, the economic impacts outweigh the environmental impacts however the environment is vital for our survival, so is Covid really a bad thing in terms of benefits for humans?

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  • global-conversation.png open_knowledge | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Apr 2021

    Hello!
    As for me in my country, there have been some negative impacts that are harmful to the environment and supportive of climate change
    We have in Palestine, especially in the city of Gaza, which has a population of 2.5 million people, which is one of the most densely populated cities around the world. The demand for preventive supplies such as masks, alcohol sterilizers and gloves has suddenly and dangerously increased. This has greatly increased the garbage, especially plastic materials harmful to the environment the most difficult of all. Getting rid of them, which prompted some to dump them on the sidewalks of streets and distant lands, and this is what happened also in hospitals
    This also created a new scourge that supports pollution
    When you sit at home for a long time, you notice that you are eating constantly and do not know why ?? This is exactly what happened with us in the home quarantine, where the demand for food increases, which makes food waste a lot and increase garbage
    But those who are aware of the extent of this pollution use this food as a natural fertilizer
    Due to the constant power cuts in Gaza, people have started running the generators in their homes
    In addition to the fact that the Corona virus came in the winter season, people used to start fires at night to warm them in the event of power outages, and this also increased the emission of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide
    Because some farmers have difficulty accessing their fields and farms, this has resulted in damage to many plants and trees, causing minor damage to the environment.

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  • global-conversation.png delightful_sparrow | Parbati Ma Vi. | Nepal
    28 Apr 2021

    Ya you are right . thanks for your post . I apply with you.

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  • global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Apr 2021

    Also, the Corona virus has made some countries ignore the problem of climate change, although climate change is a much bigger problem than the Corona virus, so that the virus can be eliminated by finding an effective vaccine against it, and climate change requires us to rebuild greener, and this may take years. Maybe for decades, but I haven't seen many countries interested in this topic or organizing awareness campaigns about the dangers of climate change, so it will be difficult for us to rebuild greener because if we want to rebuild greener, people must have an environmental awareness of that, and their capacity. To think about the interest of the environment and the interest of humanity that lies in their hands, if people commit, this will be a big step towards this global ambition, and it was also supposed to start relying on environmentally friendly inventions such as cars powered by solar energy and rely on electric aircraft to travel, Oxygen as fuel instead of biofuels, trees are grown a lot, and we also do not forget that there are inventions that we cannot do without, but they are not environmentally friendly, so scientists and experts will have to think about new environmentally friendly inventions, but this step may take years or decades, or maybe not We are able to because it is possible that humanity will not live at that time, and this is only because we ignore climate change and States not thinking about the future of humanity if we face it

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  • global-conversation.png attentive_leopard | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Apr 2021

    Hello, I am atttentive_leopard and I am from Nigeria. I also think covid19 has done more harm than good, I would explain with some points.
    Firstly, Nigeria is one of the countries suffering from poverty. And due to this virus, the rate of poverty and hunger increased in the country. There was also a break in the distribution processes which made it one of the problems of products reaching the consumers. So a lot people couldn't purchase food stuffs and the food that the government were supplying to people were not sufficient to last for even two days. And there are people who works daily and depend on the the wages they get daily, these people were a told to go for two weeks lockdown. A non-governmental organization Food Aid International (FAI) has said that about 3,000 people die daily of hunger and poverty in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. So poverty and starvation is even killing more people than disease. The pandemic made it worst, cause people were asked to stay at homes(lockdown)
    This pandemic also proved us the level we are in terms of technology. Many people couldn't work from home during the pandemic is either they can't purchase an electronic device in which they would use or because the don't how to use. his really affected the working and educational sector of the country. This pandemic proved to us that we are still backwards in terms of the use of internet and technological items and that we need to improve.
    I will also still dwell on the fact that deforestation was on the increase because people didn't access to fuels, so they decided to cut down trees and make use of them as fuels. The annual rate of deforestation in Nigeria is 3.5%, approximately 350,000-400,000 hectares per year from Wikipedia. And this is causing desertification especially from the northern region of the country and this causing climate change gradually. And to make things worst the do not replant when the cut them.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      attentive_leopard's comment 29 Apr 2021

      Thank you for sharing your opinions and supporting them with a range of facts - and for also sharing where you found your information. This is a big part of problem-solving, one of our key skills, so I have awarded you with a star. Well done!

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  • global-conversation.png super_pineapple | Parbati Ma Vi. | Nepal
    30 Apr 2021

    Hello I am super_pineapple . I am from crocodile group .I also think that corona virus is very dangerous virus which give negative effect in various purpose because of corona virus our country has also lockdown.

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  • global-conversation.png honest_drum | Parbati Ma Vi. | Nepal
    30 Apr 2021

    The global disruption caused by the COVID-19 has brought about several effects on the environment and climate. Due to movement restriction and a significant slowdown of social and economic activities, air quality has improved in many cities with a reduction in water pollution in different

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  • global-conversation.png nice_desert | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Apr 2021

    I am from Palestine, but I agree that the virus has affected more negatively than positively, not only on the environment, but on our daily life and ourselves.
    The virus stopped our lives as if our life was a device that was stopped, it became more difficult now for us, and it was very difficult for me to adapt to home quarantine and isolation from the outside world, and I am a social person so it is difficult for me to live with this matter, I felt as if someone Only he was taking one of my rights
    Also, this home quarantine helped us temporarily, after reopening all places, the number of people in public places increased, which increased the spread of the virus, so I don't think we benefited from this much.
    The environmental benefit has also been for a temporary period. Traffic stopped, which helped purify the air, but after the places reopened, everyone longed to go out and take a stroll, which contributed to the increase in the rate of air pollution.
    It also affected the situation of families and the economy, most of the workforce failed to work, the livelihood of many families stopped, and farmers in my country were also forced to remove plants so that the virus did not spread, which reduced the rate of agricultural production.
    In home quarantine, our use of plastic has increased, and as we know that plastic is an environmentally unfriendly element, in addition to increasing our food needs, people buy in huge quantities, which has increased the percentage of waste, and also because of the lack of electricity in my country throughout the day, food spoils and throws
    In my town, most of the agricultural lands are far from the owners' homes, and the trees will wither, and thus contribute to the decline in agricultural production.
    The percentage of electricity use in the world has increased, and in my country, fossil fuels are relied on to generate electricity, and when fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide is produced, which increases global warming in the ozone layer, meaning that Corona virus has become a factor in climate change.

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  • global-conversation.png storytelling_globe | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    04 May 2021

    I liked the post so much! Just a big thank u for opening my eye on a different perspective

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School easygoing_alligator | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    04 May 2021

    why was there more tree felling it doesn't explain why and I'm interested

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    1. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      easygoing_alligator's comment 05 May 2021

      The people in the rural areas had difficulty reaching filling stations, and for those who could, the price of fuel was high.
      So the people opted for firewood but the thing is the Northern part of the country has already been suffering from the threat of desertification and so this more or less worsened the problem.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School ingenious_leaf | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    04 May 2021

    i liked how you talked about corona virus and climate change

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School persistent_jambul | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    04 May 2021

    that is very interesting about the covid-19 and global warming pandemic

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School open_meerkat | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    04 May 2021

    i agree with this post strongly because it has alot of info

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo convivial_snail | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    07 May 2021

    Great post COVID-19 has had big affects on the enviroment like lions sleep on the road becuase we cant get out and about and the mountains and rivers have been affected as well like the canal is clear it hasn't been in 60 years and the mountains aren't polluted so you can see the snow on them

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo convivial_snail | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    07 May 2021

    Overall, the pandemic has had devastating affects on everyone whether you have been a victim of covid or if you have lost a loved one, home or job due to covid but one thing is clear... it has had a positive impact on climate change and I believe that now is the time to change!

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  • global-conversation.png energetic_tiger | Penwortham Girls' High School | United Kingdom
    07 May 2021

    I think that the pandemic has, overall, had a negative impact; it has killed millions, caused unemployment to increase massively, and that's just the start. However, saying that, it is clear that there have been some positives to come out of this. To begin, we have been able to physically see the horrifying impacts we have brought upon our planet. I think that for many, it has been a massive eye-opener into just how badly our planet has been suffering due to our selfish actions. Moreover, it has highlighted that if an issue is important, and substantial enough, then people can completely change their entire lifestyles almost instantly. And so, we are left to wonder why this hasn't happened when it comes to climate change. Global warming is debatably just-as, if not more, of a concerning issue as COVID-19, making us ask why these urgent changes haven't been made already. Due to the virus, we have been able to see, that together, making changes, even small ones, makes such a significant difference. Our planet is dying, and we're to blame. We need to act now.

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  • Hammond School logo valuable_vegetable | Hammond Junior School D
    07 May 2021

    Thanks for this amazing post!
    I think that the negative side of coronavirus on the planet is, like you said, the amount of masks and plastic gloves that can be used once then thrown away. And some people don’t put these in a recycling bin like they should, they will just dump it on the floor. But because of COVID it is difficult to clean up other people’s masks because it is unhygienic and a risk of you catching the virus. Another negative effect is that people used to protest for climate change, but because of the virus it is now illegal to gather in that way because it involves a lot of people in the same place near each other. It also means that the famous Greta Thumberg can’t campaign for the environment and make speeches very easily. While social media is still of course and option, her inspiring and sometimes scary speeches are often the thing that changes the minds of world leaders.
    However, there are some positive effects to the environment because of corona. First, because of all the lockdowns people have not been out in their cars a lot, which means the burning fuel isn’t polluting the air as quickly as before. But unfortunately, this is the only positive effect I can think of, so I do believe that you are correct: there are more negative effects on the environment by corona than positive.

    Thanks for reading my comment!
    valuable_vegetable 😊 🌏
    Stay green! 🌱

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  • global-conversation.png healthy_tennis | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    10 May 2021

    I live in Gaza, there is a lot to tell you about air pollution and climate change. Although the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be at the top of the news, there is a consensus among the public of scientists that:
    Ambient conditions such as long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (5.PM2) are closely related
    Causes of death in patients infected with Coronavirus.
    If we look at the effects of the blockade that the Gaza Strip is experiencing on the environment, we will find shocking facts about air pollution,
    The problem of air pollution is mainly due to the use of large numbers of household electricity generators to compensate for the shortage of electricity, as it is estimated that there are about 100,000 of these generators.
    It is in use and consumes about 500,000 liters of fuel daily
    Of the cars, which are estimated at 60 thousand cars, especially the old ones. Also,
    Harmful toxic gases including sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide are emitted from factories
    , especially the coal-fired power plants located in (Asdod and Askalan),
    In Gaza, we also witnessed three wars, when they were bombed with heavy missiles, causing extensive and long-term damage to the soil through
    All lost
    The physical, chemical and biological properties of soil necessary for cultivation. Also, farmland
    The areas near the northern and eastern borders of the Gaza Strip are always exposed
    To shells
    Tank causing the occurrence
    Fires.
    The risk of radioactive materials due to bombing cannot be ignored
    Frequent on Gaza, for example, it causes uranium and heavy metals such as mercury
    Lead and arsenic pollute the soil, and stop build back greener

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