By Emma Le Breton
19 December 2021
COVID has already shaped the world in a significant way, not leaving out the environmental changes, seen in its wake.
Increased use of single use products, less travel and more reliance on technology has all taken a toll.
How how has it added up?
Whilst plane travel ceased for long periods of time, carbon emissions were significantly reduced, seeing cities clear of smog for the first time in many years.
Photo: Blue skies in Brisbane city
With more people inside and cars off the road, parts of nature rejuvenated and wild animals were even seen entering the quiet cities.
Trampled greenery regrew and fuel consumption slowed, as did high emission outdoor activities such as road racing, and going to the cinema or theme parks.
Many people were confronted by images of the healing environment and decided to make changes in their daily lives.
Photo: finding a home in the native beehive, added to houses as a home for environmental helpers
Despite these positive changes the use of technology increased as people began working from home and finding ways to connect virtually.
One of the most significant issues seen to effect the environment was the huge increase in disposable products.
The manufacturing of single use commodities releases significant emissions, whilst many were pictured ending up in the ocean effecting ocean life.
The run on effect causing ecosystems to beak down.
COVID-19 saw decreases in carbon release, and an increase in single use products, creating unique differences and challenges to the environment.
Whilst some areas thrived, others suffered and the full environmental effects of COVID are still to be witnessed.