Recently life hasn’t seemed quite like it used to, everyone’s usual routines have been interrupted by the virus outbreak, which has caused several countries to be in full lock down including Italy. In recent news there have been a few positives, without people being able to pollute the planet as much from inside their homes, The Grand Canal in Venice has appeared to be clear for the first time in years, due to less traffic of boats along the canal. It seems that, without us, nature thrives. Well those of us clutching onto our diesel/petrol cars and beloved meat could certainly learn a thing or two. I believe it’s incredibly frustrating that this industrial age has made such a revolting impact on the environment, that now the use of fossil fuels is something of a death sentence to nature and yet are still used. That all the evidence linking the meat industry to COVID-19 is there and yet no one on the surface seems to bat an eyelid. The worries and eco-anxiety seem to mount up and up: the climate, the state of politics, and now this. Don’t you worry though, there’s still time to make Earth thrive again!
In your lockdown take a moment to think each day about the impact you have upon the world as an individual. Does it scare you that one person can have such a large impact? What if you decide to positively impact the world, could you do that? It becomes more and more important as teenagers that we focus on the positives in life, our lives have just begun and yet we’re having to stand up and help our dying planet. If we stand together against this virus (metaphorically of course), like we do against Climate Change and what adults have allowed to happen politically (hint, hint), we will succeed and save our planet. So let’s give Earth a little time to restore itself slightly then we’ll step in and help any way we can. Raising awareness online is a great way to help our planet, so is researching how to reduce your carbon footprint, acting upon it and supporting charities! With each voice, comment and post we have the power, even now, to change our society to allow nature to flourish.