ET PolymersJune - July 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the lives of every individual and organization across the globe. With businesses and factories shut, a large proportion of the workforce has had to work from home due to the Governments having to impose strict lockdowns to control the spread of the disease. Also, several people have been rendered jobless due to the hard-hitting effects on the economy. However, in all this tragedy, if you look at it from another perspective – Mother Nature has gained a chance to recuperate. We have seen animals roam freely on city streets along with cleaner rivers, seas and oceans. This shows us that nature can heal itself, however it took a global pandemic to make us realise the negative impact we have been causing on the environment!
When coronavirus sent cities and countries into lockdowns, the unforeseen transition gave our planet a joyride and a chance to breathe -- the Himalayas became visible from the plains of Punjab, blue skies emerged out of New Delhi’s smog and the Ganga River sparkled once again. There has been a drastic reduction in air, water and noise pollution since manufacturing units and offices are shut, travel for leisure and business halted and individuals being stranded at home! A cleaner environment has perhaps been the only source of positive ray during the otherwise gloomy shutdowns. However, let us think about the environment and nature in general.
Human exploitation has caused this crisis
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June - July 2020