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Change is such a part of life. This post looks at environmental change. But it sees it as part of an integral ecology, where physical and social environments are aided to a better life for all, indeed a flourishing.
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In the Physical or Natural Environment
We did not ask for the problems that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has visited upon our world. It is a tremendous challenge for all peoples and is bringing out both the best and worst in humanity. Some good news is what has happened in nature when we slow down heavy industry awhile and stay at home. AP news reports
As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India’s getting views of sights not visible in decades. Nitrogen dioxide pollution in the northeastern United States is down 30%. Rome air pollution levels from mid-March to mid-April were down 49% from a year ago. Stars seem more visible at night.
In Adelaide, Australia, police shared a video of a kangaroo hopping around a mostly empty downtown, and a pack of jackals occupied an urban park in Tel Aviv, Israel.
We’re not being invaded. The wildlife has always been there, but many animals are shy, Duke’s Pimm says. They come out when humans stay home.
For sea turtles across the globe, humans have made it difficult to nest on sandy beaches. The turtles need to be undisturbed and emerging hatchlings get confused by beachfront lights, says David Godfrey, executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
But with lights and people away, this year’s sea turtle nesting so far seems much better from India to Costa Rica to Florida, Godfrey says.
“There’s some silver lining for wildlife in what otherwise is a fairly catastrophic time for humans,” he says.
We didn’t ask for this virus and all its repercussions, especially on some of our non-tech savvy elderly who feel doubly isolated. But while we hibernate it is good to see some of the natural world rejuvenate.
In the Social Environment
An Australian journalist posted the following on her Twitter account after a book release interview with a former Australian Prime Minister.
“So”, some may say, “that’s a normal day of Twitter at it’s most terrible”. But, what these posts do is hold up a mirror. Hopefully it allows us, and the writers engaging in calumny, to see that they are attacking the fabric of a social environment. It is one thing to dislike a review, but another to attack the person and create salacious spin about them. Calling out nastiness by simply holding it up in a mirror helps clean up the social environment and is a preparation for further good news. More work in that area can be seen in Ginger Gorman.
That All Life May Flourish
When the good of the natural and social environments is allowed to thrive all may flourish. This weekend 25-26 April, in my country Australia, and our neighbour, New Zealand, we celebrate Anzac Day, which commemorates losses of valiant lives in Gallipoli, Turkey, 25 April 1915. It has come to be a day to remember all who have served in conflicts. In a time where United Nations (UN) agencies are experiencing some moments of scapegoating by some national governments struggling with their stresses, we all remember the work of UN Peacekeeping efforts.
If poems speak to you of the natural environment, then go to the Poetry Foundation for some nature poems, like this one from Mary Oliver, The Waterfall.
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16 thoughts on “#WATWB April 2020 Agents of Environmental Change”
Happy Celebrations for Anzac Day Simon. And for your #WATWB post. Much to consider especially how Nature is coming into her own with pollution around! Heart warming! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
We are still mining the depths of Anzac Day Susan. Not to glorify war, such a regrettable reality it is, but of the self-sacrifice and valor of those who served. As for nature, if only we had more time to be in it and let its marvels envelop us.
It is great about nature, and I love nature, and all the animals but still terrible for humans other than we can breath cleaner air in sheltered areas.
Thanks Deborah. Let’s hope we can all learn from this.
Hi Simon – we just need to respect each other at all times; it’s fascinating how nature is accommodating more space, fresher air … thank you for this reminder post … and Remembrance for Anzac Day – take care and stay safe – Hilary
May our air be fresher for all life Hilary. Meanwhile, the ‘airwaves’ of the blogging world are refreshed with a presence and graciousness that you bring to sharing here.
Thanks for sharing this Simon. I hope, after the crisis is in the mirror, that we can learn from the things we’re seeing now and maybe develop a better relationship with the planet and its other inhabitants.
Lovely post, and a stark reminder that we don’t need a quarantine to be our worst selves. I hope this pause on earth makes us all take a good, long look at the way we treat others and the natural world and inspires us to be better and to do better.
Your hope shares my own, Dan. I only have to observe a few of your blog posts to see that an affinity with human, animal and plant life is part of what you cherish. Thanks for what you share.
It’s my pleasure.
Nature will take it’s course and remind us to respect it!
If we but had more time be in it and learn respect for its voice, Damyanti, it would teach us much more. I know you have the heart to listen to its cry.
Gotta love nature. It doesn’t care about rules or codes or whether or not it should be there. It just does what it does.
Thanks Eric. May it do so too, without us needlessly impeding it.
Happy Anzac Day celebrations! I do so love those kangaroos and elephants marching down town streets now that people are forced to stay inside. I’m enjoying this new normal and don’t really long for the old normal.
Thanks Kalpana. I live in Canberra with hundreds of thousands of others and we see kangaroos very often. But all our critters are much less shy and happier. I think they are glad to see us truly living more in our neighbourhoods with them instead of bustling off into the smog – smog which we contribute to.