Is Coronavirus the earths way of saving itself?

What has changed since we began lockdown? A lot less cars on the road, factories stopping, planes being grounded, less litter in the streets and a lack of Deforestation. Is Coronavirus a way of the planet trying to heal itself?

Less people are traveling means that there will be a lot less Diesel and petrol fumes entering the atmosphere, fewer car accidents which cause huge congestion on the roads, and in turn more and more pollution. Much fewer planes in the sky means a huge reduction in pollution.

Due to the fact that we are not allowed to leave our homes unless its an emergency, arborists won't be able to cut down trees giving our precious forests time to breathe. We are also breathing cleaner air making our bodies healthier too.

Since everyone is having to stop going to work, that means the people that work in factories must stop for a while, giving our planet a break. Perhaps the earth has been through enough?

Coronavirus is a terrible, life-threatening disease and the trauma it is causing across the whole world is devastating however the trauma our planet is experiencing every day is just as devastating.

Thank you for reading my post!


Comments (41)

  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Victoria Cherrington, Paralegal @ Clifford Chance
    27 Mar 2020

    Are all people that work in factories not working? What kinds of factories might still be open at a time like this?

  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    27 Mar 2020

    I agree with you that since the Coronavirus we have begun doing things that help save the planet. People aren’t going out as much which means there are not as many cars on the road; that means less pollution and the severity of global warming is going down. Furthermore, it seems like the Coronavirus is a good thing with all the benefits to the environment. However, the devastating effects have to be taken into account. This includes - obviously - people who die from the virus, schools across the country closing, and just the all-around dangers. While a lot of people can still work from home with a computer, not everyone can since your job might be to stack shelves in a supermarket, but you’ve been told to self-isolate. If you don’t have savings and you are self-employed (meaning you don’t work for a company or business), it could be hard for you because [1] you aren’t gaining any money, causing you [2] not to be able to buy food and essentials.

    When we return to life like normal I think people might smell the fresh air and see nature flourishing and might want to make a change. This is because we realise that - without humans - nature has no restrictions, and can now live without human interference. With these consequences people might want to preserve nature as long as we can before climate change is irreversible. Coronavirus has done all of that (indirectly, obviously) while being a deadly disease. This really shows that we should always look on the bright side of things, instead of panicking and worrying for what might come (even if it is inevitable).

    Coronavirus also brings unity, making some of the good news stories presented Competition #28. In Italy, residents were seen on their balconies singing the national anthem. Radio stations across the country also played the song. By doing this, they are all uniting to form a big community, even in times like these.

    Another good news story is the one showing penguins being allowed to walk round an aquarium after it shut, meaning no humans (apart from people working there) were allowed. This must feel nice for the penguins because although they get a nice home in the aquarium they are always looking from the glass and are never allowed out, but from the Coronavirus this has changed.

    As a common belief, the Coronavirus is a deadly virus with harmful consequences if you contract it. But if we look on the bright side there are many things it does to help humanity, like making people realise that what we are doing about climate change is wrong, and that to prevent it we need to make a change to our everyday lives. Obviously, we can’t ignore the bad things about it but if we just focus on the good things we can make it seem like they’re not there.

    by @succinct__leaves

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      succinct_leaves's comment 27 Mar 2020

      You've brought a range of ideas to our attention here. It's a very balanced comment which states the risks and dangers but also the good news to have arisen from the crisis.

  • St-Barnabas-logo-250x250.jpg elated_parrot | St Barnabas C of E Primary School
    27 Mar 2020

    I'd like to say I agree with you but it just isn't possible. Despite this you do have a good point

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg witty_banana | Noel Park Primary School
    27 Mar 2020

    Although the coronavirus may be a deadly disease spreading very quickly through the air, it is both doing a good and a bad job. It is doing the environment quite a good job because since the coronavirus was on the loose through England and many other countries, they have decided to go on a lockdown and many places have closed down except hospitals, supermarkets and medicine shops. This causes many people to stop using public transport because there are no places to go as they’ve all shut down and they do not want to be diognosed with the coronavirus. This causes air pollution and global warming rates to fall which helps the environment. Also, people cannot cut down trees anymore which leads to the environment to have a rest from deforestation after it once starts again. Maybe people will think more carefully and thoroughly when using public transport and start to understand what harm goes to the environment when using public transport a lot. They might start to think what the environment has been through and try to save the world. The coronavirus is not just killing us but it is also helping the world and us people.

    On the other hand, people may think that the coronavirus is very annoying because people can’t call the GP when their sick. This is because the doctors have to focus on those that are going to die. Many people are now afraid to get sick so they are taking good care of themselves which may help in the future but people may still be scared to get sick even after the coronavirus and wash their hands a lot. You may think that this is good as they are taking care of themselves but think of all the water and soap wasted for randomly washing their hands. Another reason is that if one person may have it, the whole family will catch it withought knowing because people only show symptoms after 2 weeks which means that people with coronavirus will rise very quickly. This will also cause more panic and people rushing out to buy everything they can get. Online shopping is also very hard to get into because now, only a specific amount of people can go on at once. You may have to wait for a long time and what if your phone runs out of batteries? Then you’ll have to start the time all over again. This will lead to a lot of electricity used. Now you also have a specific amount oftime to shop so people can’t find the correct things they need and buy everything they can. Then the next people won’t have enough food to buy because they are all out of stock.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      witty_banana's comment 27 Mar 2020

      I wonder what changes the human race will make once the coronavirus pandemic has passed. What do others think - do you think we'll change our habits when it comes to working, travelling, and the environment?

      1. Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg witty_banana | Noel Park Primary School
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 27 Mar 2020

        I think that people will change their habits because they have experienced not using public transport for a long time and maybe they will realize what harm they have done to the world.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_octopus | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    27 Mar 2020

    I think the corona virus is a sort of way for the earth to stop over population because if we go back to the start of 2020 we will see that lots of celebrities are dying and then not even 2 weeks later Australia burst into flames [wild fires ] which killed over 100,000 people and animals and also DESTROYED the perfectly good homes and habitats of the citizens of Australia. so I agree with your point and think the corona virus is another way of dealing with over population...

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      meticulous_octopus's comment 27 Mar 2020

      I think it's important not to link these events (celebrities, forest fires, coronavirus) and also bear in mind that although the coronavirus may be causing consequences for humanity, it doesn't have a mind of its own and is not part of any plan of the earth!

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    27 Mar 2020

    As not many people are going out they don’t use their cars which is a good thing, it will help us to understand how important washing our hands is but it could make people greedy and start to put food in their cubards when everything is over.

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg observant_jambul | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School B | United Kingdom
    27 Mar 2020

    Even though this is of course a VERY deadly virus and killed thousands of people in most and all countries you are completely right but I'm not 100% sure about this because China has started it by eating bats, dogs and cats but then again as you have said it is helping climate change as less factorys are working and so much less cars are driving around. Also overpopulation is slowly going down but too much so much people have already died like for example in England 600+ people lost their lives because a virus. I hope this virus will end soon and for us to stay safe but I like the way you thought about this.

    1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
      observant_jambul's comment 31 Mar 2020

      Let's be careful with our words - we shouldn't call the coronavirus 'very deadly' as the rate of deaths against infections is relatively low. This is toms, saying and I agree its not ready, it has not spread across half the world

  • Brompton Westbrook logo committed_desert | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    30 Mar 2020

    this a very good post but if all of the factories closed down then it could be hard for us to get food because the factories supply the food for the general public. Despite the coronavirus being very deadly and devastating we still need the food from the factories such as meats and fish. they have to be processed in a factory and we need meat in our diet or we could get quite ill. Yes i know that some people own their own farms and things like that but what about the vast amount of people who don`t. I hope you agree with my point.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      committed_desert's comment 30 Mar 2020

      Let's be careful with our words - we shouldn't call the coronavirus 'very deadly' as the rate of deaths against infections is relatively low.

      1. Brompton Westbrook logo committed_desert | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 31 Mar 2020

        oh ok sorry and thank you for the advice

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg ambitious_owl | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    31 Mar 2020

    I”m not sure that I agree entirely with this statement. In my opinion, the earth probably needs much more than 6 months to recover from all of the deforestation, pollution etc. Also, people are still working in a lot of different factories. They are extremely important workers who are making testing kits for COVID-19, surgical masks and other protective clothing and ventilators. As well as the food and drinks factories keeping us fed. Should all of these people have to die just to save the planet? People’s behaviour has to change to save the planet, not people dying.

  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg great_leopard | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Mar 2020

    I think in some ways the abrupt Coronavirus is a way to protect Earth and will demolish Earth. A good reason is climate change and a bad reason is a damage to nature.

    Since we are on self-isolation, we humans will not bring as much pollution as we did when the coronavirus was around. Also, fewer people are driving in cars and flying in planes which also cease the dangers of climate change. Also, it has an effect on humans by their hygiene: it has made them wash their hands, use helping products and it made people cautious about what they are doing.

    This viral outbreak is a sign that by going too far in exploiting the rest of nature, the dominant globalising culture has undone the planet’s capacity to sustain life and livelihoods. It can also cause bankruptcy to businesses. The unleashing of micro-organisms from their animal hosts means that they must latch on to other bodies for their survival. Humans are a part of nature – and everything is connected to everything else.

    As you may know, there can be positives and negatives about the Coronavirus, but what everyone says is 'Every cloud has a silver lining.'

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      great_leopard's comment 31 Mar 2020

      Can you find any evidence to support the point about reduced pollution?

      1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg great_leopard | Phoenix Primary School
        Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 31 Mar 2020

        Cars, buses, planes the most cause big amounts of pollution which is helping to cause higher flood risks and more!

    2. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
      great_leopard's comment 31 Mar 2020

      I agree on your points, well explained

  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg great_leopard | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Mar 2020

    By the way, thank you for the advice.

  • Beckers Green Primary School coherent_meteor | Beckers Green Primary School
    01 Apr 2020

    I agree in your opinion because since the creation of factories/cars the earth has tried to recover what we are doing to the only planet we have ( right now) also in my opinion we should decrease the amount of factories globally.

  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg willing_flight | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    01 Apr 2020

    I think it is a good thing because since we are talking about the NHS struggling to help patients because of world population, the coronavirus is demolishing world population which will now help the NHS.
    Please do not take any of this offensively
    - Willing_flight (-__-)

  • Lyons Hall Primary School invigorated_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    02 Apr 2020

    Although the corona virus is causing us to isolate, having looked on the BBC Newsround website the virus is not as big as some people think. The corona virus is just an evil flu.
    Some people say that the corona virus is very bad because, nobody can go to work and too much pressure is going on the NHS.
    Other people think that it is good for the earth because plastic pollution has increased incredibly and climate change also has fought its way down as nobody can drive anywhere because we are on lockdown. Also in way it is is good because it is killing people in a way, because the world is over populated so either way it is good for the earth because if the population goes down then so will climate change and plastic pollution. To conclude this comment I think that the corona virus happened almost on purpose to sort out the planet, population and humanity.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      invigorated_potato's comment 03 Apr 2020

      It's best to always listen to the experts about the coronavirus - Dr Chris and Dr Xand have some brilliant answers to student questions on the BBC Newsround website:

      1. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg willing_flight | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 04 Apr 2020

        I think Dr Chris is the best person to ask since he looks at tropical diseases and tries to help people in need from these tropical diseases/viruses.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School reliable_fig | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    03 Apr 2020

    I think that since being on lockdown we have changed the way we work because the adults that can work from home are getting used to working from home so they might work from home more often in the future. I think more people are realising that they don't need to go out as much as they used to, therefore it can have a longer lasting impact rather than just the time we are in lockdown. In Venice, the canals are a lot clearer ( because the canals were brown and murky) and there are fish living in it too! There used to be a cloud of nitrogen dioxide over the top of China in January but since they were on lockdown it evaporated by February. So in other words the world is going to be a much better place when we come out of lockdown.
    thanks for reading,

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      reliable_fig's comment 03 Apr 2020

      Thank you for sharing these mainly good news stories! Do you think people will work from home more once the lockdown is over?

      1. Lyons Hall Primary School reliable_fig | Lyons Hall Primary School B
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 03 Apr 2020

        Yes I definitely think so, but only if they are capable of working from home.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    03 Apr 2020

    I think that COVID-19 is sort of saving the Earth because when Climate Change became really serious, not many people were doing anything about it but now, because of self-isolation, things have become much better! For one, there is much less rubbish on the ground and that means that the sea creatures in the ocean won't have anything caught round them because they think it is food. I've also heard on the news that North Korea is free from COVID-19 so they will be going back to their normal lives now. Since lockdown began, I've noticed that people are buying lots of food and bathroom products and going out quite a lot. But I think that are realising that they wouldn't usually do this if there wasn't a lockdown so they are reducing the amount they buy and how often they go out. Also, parents are working from home if they aren't considered a 'key worker' which I think they will be getting used to during lockdown. If parents work from home, they might consider this option as one for future references. In the future, most parents might want to work from home all the time and that is helping the climate even more by less people with rubbish going to places and that will reduce pollution in lots of places.
    So, to conclude, I think that COVID-19 is helping the Earth in many ways and changing how we might do things in the future.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      intrepid_hurricane's comment 03 Apr 2020

      I wonder if there will be less pollution if more people work from home. How do people think the coronavirus pandemic will affect climate change?

      1. Lyons Hall Primary School happy_fact | Lyons Hall Primary School B
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 03 Apr 2020

        I think yes Tom. This is because there is less people going out and about in cars, trains, buses and more. The reason for this is because we have been told to stay inside and the only people that are traveling on wheels are people going to work (only if really necessary, they cant work from home.)
        However many people are so focused on the coronavirus that they have forgotten how much we were polluting the earth. So maybe this leads to people not caring about climate change and littering more than usual. People are also not wanting to touch the bins( because of the coronavirus) so they are just throwing their rubbish near the bins hoping it goes in, but most of the time it doesn't go in which might be destroying our earth!
        To conclude I think that its not earths way of saving itself because there are more of those reasons than the other. What do you think? Thanks for reading,

  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg generous_queen | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    04 Apr 2020

    Great thinking. There is less polution, so maybe we are saving the planet. But, the earth wasn't to know coronavirus would be a problem. Another thing is that in the long run, the population will decrease, putting less strain on the NHS. I agree with intrepid hurricane, that climate change, may stop with coronavirus and isolation.

  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    07 Apr 2020

    Each supermarket we buy from has factories where they get their produce from. That means that many factories across the world will have to keep running in order to provide people with food. In fact, these factories will be producing more pollution due to the scale of food they need to supply to supermarkets nationwide. So, even though we aren’t using cars as often, it’s being balanced out by mass production. In addition to this, we are becoming more desperate for food and may not have the choice to buy the more eco-friendly option.
    Finally, if we begin isolation, we are then stuck inside. When COVID19 levels drop, or when awareness drops, then everyone will want to go out and go back to normal. (Or even more than before as they want to leave the house as they may have gotten bored of their surroundings.) This means that, for the long-term, it won’t make a difference.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      happy_politics's comment 07 Apr 2020

      Excellent reasoning. It will be interesting to investigate the figures afterwards and see what the outcome is.

    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      happy_politics's comment 07 Apr 2020

      Excellent reasoning. It will be interesting to investigate the figures afterwards and see what the outcome is.

  • global-conversation.png spontaneous_keyboard | Mangi Sina Secondary School | Tanzania
    19 May 2020

    It is time to invest more in order to have saving

  • Lyons Hall Primary School zestful_introduction | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    04 Dec 2020

    I think the virus has changed the worlds greatest pollution.

  • global convo icon.png venturous_buffalo | Kyambogo College School | Uganda
    21 Apr 2021

    to some extend covid-19 has become a better way of the earth to heal itself basing on the fact that the mandatory quarantine and lockdown measures led to a complete stop of factories, transportation which led to a decrease in air,water and soil pollution since the major sources of the toxic wastes were put on hold,and many other positive effects.
    but this should not make us blinded because the effect of covid is more severe to us, a lot of deaths happened during this period, yet we are the ones to implement the climate change

  • British Council.jpg splendid_fruit | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Sep 2021

    Covid 19 helped reduce the pollution of the environment by stopping cars and some factories and reducing waste littering, which contributed to climate change due to the closure and also contributed to renewing love between the family by meeting the family and enjoying among them and also contributed to changing the economic situation of the family.

  • British Council.jpg enlightened_goji | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    As Newtons third law state '' Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. '' COVID 19 has brought us sufferings, but let's not forget that it gave us a chance to heal the Earth from the pollutions we have caused over the last 50 years. I have read somewhere that the ozone layer is fixing itself after the holes created due to human activities. Do I think that COVID 19 is a way to bring back Earth to it's original shape? YES, I do think. Although we have to go through a lot of misery, as human beings have great adaptation skill we can adapt and make ourselves ready for the next challenge.

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