Was Covid The Epiphany We Needed

In the past, scientists and other enthusiastic environmentalists brought forward graphs, charts and other materials - statistics at best - that spelled out various cures for the disease that we call global warming. They projected the pitfalls that the human race would bring upon itself, if it didn't make allowances for our environment and also painted pictures of the better things to come if change was properly implemented.

This in its own way served its purpose, but only in small ways. In different parts of the world, we would see small changes. The issue is not the people but rather the adaptable nature of the people. The older generation that actually knew the past glory days were dying out and the newer one that had only heard stories of the past adapted to the environment.

This doesn't mean all the progress that has been made was for naught. But this is where I relate my points with Covid-19. The virus not only showed us what our environment could be but it did so on a large scale.

  • Clearer water channels in Venice
  • Cleaner air in China
  • Healing of the ozone layer in several spots
  • And the recovery of animals and nature...

Which brings me back to my point, Covid-19 along with it's dreadful devastations came with the chance for a fresh start for countries all over the world. Making the positive speculations and projections of the environmentalists reality for all to see.

In the novel "Inferno", Sienna and Langdon have a brief discussion about denial. She says :

"Denial is a critical part of the human coping mechanism. Without it, we would all wake up terrified every morning about all the ways we could die. Instead, our minds block out our existential fears by focusing on stresses we can handle—like getting to work on time or paying our taxes. If we have wider, existential fears, we jettison them very quickly, refocusing on simple tasks and daily trivialities.”

The reason I bring up denial is because of the cartoon that was displayed in this weeks issue, we are fighting the virus while in denial of the much larger threat lying outside the ring. That doesn't mean to say that the virus is incosequential. I just mean that maybe its time the world springs back into the glory days of green trees and breathable air. As the brunt of the pandemic has passed, nature handed us the tools, all that's left is mobilizing workers.

And I believe that by putting all hands together helping in even the smallest of ways, maybe we'll bring earth back from the brink of the damage we've put it through.

Comments (50)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
    05 May 2021

    This is a very thoughtful post which has thought creatively about the idea of denial and drawn on other knowledge you have from books and political cartoons.

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  • Manor Park logo meticulous_chocolate | Manor Park Primary Academy
    06 May 2021

    I also believe that Covid-19 was a double edged sword
    , killing millions of people, yet slowing down the effects of Climate change on the Earth, I think that not only should we concentrate on a fresh start on emissions, but on also other problems we have created, this is an rather good opportunity to make the world a better place.

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    1. Manor Park logo selfassured_journalist | Manor Park Primary Academy
      meticulous_chocolate's comment 09 May 2021

      I agree, every cloud has a silver lining. Covid has broken up families but its effect on the environment is astoundingly good!

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        selfassured_journalist's comment 10 May 2021

        I think it should always be remembered what a tragic impact it has had, though, and always write with respect about those who have lost loved ones.

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  • global-conversation.png assured_aspect | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    06 May 2021

    we could say that COVID 19 is the epiphany we needed to start afresh on our environment . COVID 19 being the protagonist of the pandemic in 2019 helped the world to take a great turn from our pass disolation it helped in the *rebuilding of the ozone layer
    *environmental pollution
    *clearing of the air
    *because of the lock down the forest has been replenished from deforestation.
    COVID 19 as seen to all brought ciaos to the world but it still have lot of positive result on our intermediate environment.

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

    I think that although Covid has had a lot of negative impacts, but its also had a lot of positive impacts on our planet. As a result of covid and travel restrictions there has been a lot less people travelling and emitting carbon dioxide into the environment. This had a massive impact and it was proven that the climate improved by 60%. Maybe this pandemic was what we needed to fix our deceasing planet.

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    1. Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo consistent_alligator | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
      cooperative_attention's comment 14 May 2021

      I don't agree! I think that the pandemic is not what we needed to clear up this planet. It still helped with clearing the oceans and also the land like plastic isn't a thing anymore! But now that the pandemic is starting to slow down I think when people are going to start going outside more. All of the seas, land and more will get covered up. People need to start thinking about how reducing pollution is helping the world, the animals and the air around them. The pandemic has killed a lot of people and I think that we didn't need it to clear up the planet. The people and the community are the only ones who can reduce all this pollution and help change this world!

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

    If anything, Covid-19 has showed us that if we work together, amazing things can happen and lives can be saved. Within weeks, people were wearing masks and putting more thought into their personal hygiene. Furthermore, communities have come together when they normally wouldn't have and we have all helped each other out. If a response like this can occur almost immediately for a virus, then why can't the same happen for climate change? I agree that Covid-19 has been an epiphany because it has made me, personally, realise the positive change that can occur when we take action together rather than trying to fight against issues as individuals. Because of the pandemic, in the future I will make more of an effort to combat climate change as I know for definite that change can take place!

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    1. Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo tough_information | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
      approachable_leaf's comment 14 May 2021

      I agree approachable_leaf, if we all work together we can do greater things, but before the pandemic communities rarely met up and as you said, we've all worked together to stop Covid-19 but why cant we do the same for climate change! its just as bad as the pandemic in my opinion.

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

    I think that Covid-19 was a huge wake up call in how we deal with public health. This prolonged issue highlighted weak points in our health system that health officials had no other choice than to fix. Covid pulled together communities and brought together people who wouldn't normal confide in each other and showed that if people work together lives can be saved. People have seen the amazing consequences of reduces in carbon emissions and general pollution, the public have seen these and are now more engaged in making our planet greener. For example, during the first lockdown, the Venice canals were thriving, dolphins were seen swimming in them and the water was the cleanest it has been in a very long time. For many things, Covid was a reset button. Carbon monoxide emissions were reduced by an incredible 50% ! The immediate and existential threat of Covid-19 led to a profound change extremely fast.

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  • global-conversation.png sociable_river | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    10 May 2021

    I also agree with spontaneous molecule because of the covid _19 the industries that used to produce large amount of green house gases where stopped . It also gave us an opportunity to make a fresh start by helping nature and it also created and awareness about the covid _19 and also people started to develop good thinking for climate change, but the people that is contributing to climate change are less, this is because of

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  • global-conversation.png sociable_river | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    10 May 2021

    The climate has not started to make effect on the world at large ,so l think that the covid 19 pandemic has brought positive change to climate change

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Melinda Jones @ Hogan Lovells
      sociable_river's comment 12 May 2021

      Thanks for your comment sociable_river. What positive change to climate change do you think the pandemic has brought?

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      1. global-conversation.png sociable_river | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
        Melinda Jones @ Hogan Lovells's comment 14 May 2021

        Another positive change
        2. WATER QUALITY AND AQUATIC LIFE
        reports are indicating that during covid 19 induced lock down not only the air quality but water quality in Rivers and water bodies is also improving. The stoppage of discharging industrial effluents and other dates into water lead to an apparent positive change on water quality.india's holiest river ganga has been one of the most polluted river in the world waste from domestic and industrial setups along the banks of this river cost the government in millions without any success.
        According to the real-time water analysis of the central pollution control board of India (CPDB) and report of DR.MISHRA,an llt professor in Banaras Hindu University , a 40-50% imprivoment has been observed in the water quality of the Ganga river ( CPCB 2020) . the parameters monitored online we're dissolved oxygen ( more than 6mg/l), biochemical oxygen demand ( less than 2mg/l ) total coliform levels (50000 per 💯 ml) and pH ( range between 6.5) .Indian institute of technology roorkee,has reported that water of Ganga river has become fit for drinking after decades.
        In conclusion
        To bring positive change in the environment, government and individuals should adopt the following suggested strategies
        1. Inspection and maintenance of vehicles
        2. Using Eco friendly product
        3. Recycling waste
        4. Adopting renewable energy
        5. Planting of trees
        6. Avoiding de forestation
        7. Efficient public transport system

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo enlightened_atom | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    yes that is a good point spontaneous_molecule

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo hardworking_bilberry | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree! Also i think covid-19 has helped us a lot even though its a virus i think it has helped us because the rivers and oceans are getting more clear as no one is aloud out of their homes.

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    1. global-conversation.png sociable_river | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
      hardworking_bilberry's comment 14 May 2021

      I agree with you but could you please give an example

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo compelling_leopard | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I think that coved19 has effected our lives because we can't see our families we can't see our friends and is hard. it's hard because we can't go outside and we have to us our devise and teacher can't explain the work to us. We can't go on holidays because the airport is closed

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo reflective_region | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I think that although Covid has had a lot of negative impacts, it has also had a lot of positive impacts on our planet. As a result of covid and travel restrictions there has been a lot less people travelling and emitting carbon dioxide into the environment. This had a massive impact and it was proven that the climate improved by 60%. Maybe this pandemic was what we needed to fix our deceasing planet.



    I think that although Covid has had a lot of negative impacts, but its also had a lot of positive impacts on our planet. As a result of covid and travel restrictions there has been a lot less people travelling and emitting carbon dioxide into the environment. This had a massive impact and it was proven that the climate improved by 60%. Maybe this pandemic was what we needed to fix our deceasing planet.

    I think that although Covid has had a lot of negative impacts, but its also had a lot of positive impacts on our planet. As a result of covid and travel restrictions there has been a lot less people travelling and emitting carbon dioxide into the environment. This had a massive impact and it was proven that the climate improved by 60%. Maybe this pandemic was what we needed to fix our deceasing planet.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo talkative_cello | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree with you because due to covid 19 it has improved our planet but I disagree as covid has had devastating impacts for various reasons. Business losses, loss of education, loss of loved ones, mental health problems are on the rise.

    So when you ask the question was covid 19 the epiphany we needed, for me the answer is no. I think we did not need a deadly disease to make things better. :(

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo tenacious_reindeer | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree that because we are not seeing 'devastating' impacts of climate change like we are seeing from covid that people think there is no issue. We all know there is and things need to change in order to protect our planet. But I do not think that covid 19 needed to happen to make this happen.

    I understand it made things better, and that's great' but did so many people need to lose their lives to help climate change? No!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      tenacious_reindeer's comment 14 May 2021

      I think this is certainly a point worth reflecting on, tenacious_reindeer, that it is so tragic that something like this has made people take notice of environment.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo good_buffalo | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I do not think that covid 19 was the epiphany we needed. I get that something needed to happen and yes maybe something drastic to make people sit up and realise the affects of climate change. But I do not agree with covid 19 being the epiphany for it.

    Covid 19 has killed millions of people, affected the whole world and has just been utterly devastating!

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Melinda Jones @ Hogan Lovells
      good_buffalo's comment 17 May 2021

      You say good_buffalo that COVID19 isn't the epiphany we needed to take notice of climate change, why do you think people are now taking climate more seriously and willing to take action?

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    2. global-conversation.png spontaneous_molecule | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      good_buffalo's comment 19 May 2021

      I am having difficulty understanding why you disagree with me, up until when the global lock down was effected, all the pictures painted about the damage we could undo in our environment where either minuscule or just statistics... Then all of us were boxed indoors and suddenly we realized that we have actually wreaked more damage on our environment than we thought. But this are just my thoughts and opinions, would you care to expand on yours?

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    3. global-conversation.png decisive_leaves | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
      good_buffalo's comment 19 May 2021

      No one said that Covid-19 was something good. It has killed millions of people and it is a disaster. However, what I believe the author of this post is trying to say, is that even in this horrible catastrophe, there is still a great amount of good being done, i.e climate change being somewhat reversed during the quarantine (although I think lately the damage we have reversed is slowly starting to come back due to restrictions being alleviated). According to SpringerLink, NO2 levels in the main cities of Pakistan has dropped by an average of 30-50% between the first of march and the fifteenth of April. Reports are also indicating that during COVID-19-induced lockdown not only the air quality but water quality in water bodies are also improving. According to water analysis of the Central Pollution Control Board of India and reports of Dr. Mishra, a 40–50% improvement has been observed in the water quality of the Ganga River, which was one of the most polluted rivers in India.
      All in all, the COVID-19 pandemic has been devestating with over 3 million lives lost. However, even in this calamity there is hope that we may be able to reverse the damage we have done to Earth, as carbon emissions, and concentrations of certain climate change inducing gasses slowly decrease.

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      1. Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo good_buffalo | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
        decisive_leaves's comment 27 May 2021

        Agree with this, This really pieces down the devastating things that happened during corona virus. A lot of people have unfortunately died to this horrible pandemic. I feel that what this author is trying to do is address the facts and statistics and the good things that have happened. We all need more positivity. Decisive_Leaves has made an excellent point in this comment.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo centered_flower | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree that covid-19 has been the epiphany we needed .
    We all know that covid-19 has had a major inpact on us as, not seeing our family and friends, not going shopping for clothes and only essentials, we have all been bored in lockdown, going on social distance walks and walks by your self, no school, education through online devices but I think it has taken something drastic like covid to make people realise how bad our climate actually was.

    Do I think that covid 19 should have come around to make people realise how bad climate is? No! Did it need to happen to make people realise? Yes!

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo quiet_tennis | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree with you because we need to have a fresh start with climate change and make the world cleaner. Covid 19 has been truly devastating but it has shown people how by doing little changes like, walking where you can, not littering, limited exercise outside etc... that it can have a huge impact on our climate. If we don't help climate now then when are we going to help the climate get greener? Now is the time to do it.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo miraculous_saxophone | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    Hi,
    I agree,

    I think we needed covid because climate change and global worming has got better, people have seen the positive impact of changes. I think it was bad that covid came about because it had so many devastating affects but covid has given everyone a fresh start.

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

    That really is something to think about! Very tough question because yes climate change has improved drastically but did it need to take something as devastating as covid to make people realise how important climate change is? I don't think so. I think it did help because most rivers were... CLEAR! you could see snow on the mountains and lions were sleeping on the, ROADS! shocking don't you think? anyways moving on to my point that covid help the enviroment because it help nature by stopping people from going outside.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo unassuming_iceberg | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I think that covid 19 has had a good impact because it cleared most of toxic gas in the air, it also helped climate change because people couldn't go outside which meant that there was no rubbish out on the street. It also meant that animals like lions were able to go out on the street not worrying that they were going to be shot by hunters.You were able to see the top of mountains which meant the air was clear you could also see that the rivers were clear and there were no plastic in the rivers and the fish weren't stuck in plastic.

    So yes, I agree, covid was the epiphany we all needed to make a fresh start.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo dedicated_quince | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    i agree that we should be caring more for the environment and that covid was the Epiphany we needed(i'm not saying covid is good but it has been very good for the environment) and that if we work together we can stop this because climate change is a bad thing and we need to stop this NOW. People do not realise that if changes are not made they are slowly killing our planet which will have worse affects than covid!

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo knowledgeable_accordion | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    i think that pollution going down is a great thing but as we haven't been seeing each other something else has gone right up, that is mental health! It has shot up the suicide number and has been times than it normally is! But on the happy side the nature around our school has really popped out and took over our school but as we have came back the wildlife has fled back to their habitat and climate change is getting back to where it was before the lockdown because more vehicles are being used. How can we make a stand against this?

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo quick_ant | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree with you to a certain extent but I do not think something as devastating as covid 19 needed to come along to help people realise how important climate change is.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo excited_clementine | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    If anything, Covid-19 has showed us that if we work together, amazing things can happen and lives can be saved. Within weeks, people were wearing masks and putting more thought into their personal hygiene.

    I agree with your comment in regards to covid helping with climate change but I do not agree that it was the epiphany we needed. Why did people need to lose their lives for people to step up wih climate change changes?

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo rational_wasp | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I believe that the lockdowns we have had has made climate change a lot better and I think it was the epiphany we needed. Now if we walk past lakes and rivers they are blue, bright blue, you could see it very clearly.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo approachable_snow | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I don't think covid needed to happen to make people realise the importance of climate change.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo artistic_politics | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I think it is great because climate change has gone down the hill as no one has been able to go out doors for a long time and its been a really good time for wildlife but also there is a down fall covid19 has killed millions of poeple and has affected the way we live.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo tough_volcano | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree! I think that because of the pandemic and Covid 19 people forget about other causes or negative impacts on our planet. I also think that Covid has had a lot of negative impacts, but its also had a lot of positive impacts on our planet.

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo good_fish | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I do agree because the corona virus has brought positive change to climate change.











































    virus has killed any people so it might have improved the climate change

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo fiery_pineapple | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    i think that covid has had a negative impact on the environment because of masks being thrown in rivers and on pavements. It has killed millions of people but it has had a positive impact on the environment because there is less
    air pollution because most factory's that produce air pollution have had to shut down becose thay are non esentchul. h

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo imaginative_llama | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    14 May 2021

    I agree, I think we needed something as drastic as covid 19 to make people realise how important it is to help climate change.

    Covid has given us the fresh start, yes we have all been devastated but sometimes something drastic needs to happen in order to make you realise what was going wrong.

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  • global-conversation.png reliable_panther | New Tafo M/A (CRIG) JHS | Ghana
    16 May 2021

    They achieved their goal for bringing covid but the best way was to tell people and talk to them about birth control.... put systems and make policies to control rate at which we give birth

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo hardworking_bilberry | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    17 May 2021

    I think that covid has helped us a lot even though we were all stuck inside it has helped climate change considerably. So this way covid has helped us a lot and helped save oceans and rivers. However, It has had a devastating affect on people's lives. I think other things could have happened rather than a pandemic to make people listen

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  • Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni logo articulate_owl | Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni B
    21 May 2021

    Thanks for the great read it was lovely to read about people's opinions on covid-19

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo centered_flower | Cyfarthfa Park Primary A
    27 May 2021

    Hi
    i would like to start by saying I disagree because covid has been a pain to all of us we have needed something to light us up. Recently me and my class have been doing work on climate change. We have discussed a lot of things, we read a book and there were great facts on there and giving information on how the world has gone really hot over the years but this is because we are driving and flying ,going on cruise ships and all of these great ways to get around places are all powered with fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are damaging our planet! But when we are going on these things they are producing green house gases and they are polluting the air but we are not talk about the book this is has covid effect us good as well in Italy the river has been finally clear for along time and more places have been polluted though this is bad we need to start build back green in 10 years time it will be a bad environment image what our next generation will be like this need to change .

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