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.