As the people around the world, (willingly or unwillingly) alter their way of life drastically, in a bid to strengthen the combat against the coronavirus, a query springs up in minds: Can the social distancing also help bring the greenhouse gases, (produced individually), down and then, would this lead to unfolding of unexpected fall outs, (but still pleasing enough to be in favour of human survival)?
In Sweden, there is an eminent researcher, Kimberly Nicholas, at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, who maintains that 3 lifestyle pursuits, on a large scale, are, in fact, the major sources of carbon emissions. In her words, ”Any time you can avoid getting on a plane, getting in a car or eating animal products, that’s a substantial climate saving”.
Thus, those who endeavour to take safe refuge from coronavirus, have already won a major part of such battle (i.e. cutting on carbon emissions).
Then, (somewhat supporting Nicholas’s view) at CoolClimate Network, which is an applied research consortium at the UC Berkeley Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, there is a lead developer, Christopher Jones, who said, ”all these extra precautions that schools and businesses are taking to keep people home are saving lives”.
In a follow-up to this statement, she also remarked that in reaction to the outbreak of coronavirus, whatever actions people implement to control such virus spread, also contribute in reducing the carbon traces on planet earth, that should be highlighted as “Our Home”.
Presenting below, the four areas through which, significant changes can be brought-up in green-house gas emissions, especially in the backdrop of coronavirus response:
Huge Decline in Transportation:
People, across the globe, are advised to be home-bound and flights are being grounded as well, which is a necessity in face of current crises. Nicholas said, ”For average Americans, the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is driving“ and when we are made to work from home, “it has a big impact upon our climate pollution”.
Whatever it takes to bring down driving automobiles, is surely going to cast a big impact on our climate pollution which also includes working from home. Likewise, when aeroplanes are not aired so frequently, we should be ready for a larger share of impact, in favour of our own healthy survival, she considered.
Food (Another Big Fish):
A research was conducted by Jones, that centred around carbon footprints while one dines at home or dines outside of his dwelling. Albeit the outcome was cloudy, but he still observed, ”we waste about 25% of the food that we but”.
When we cover long distances by car to visit favourite point, “that is going to swamp the emissions from your food”.
Older Women Should Not Be Rebuked To Make Way:
Nicholas thinks that the location of eating isn’t so significant but what we eat and have in our plate, does matter a lot. Here, having beef (in any form or manifestation) will cast disproportionate climate impact. Evidently, opting for a diet that is sourced from lower food chain (such as plants) results in lower carbon footprint.
Alter Your Ways Of Shopping And Getting Shipment:
To shop online is beneficial to our pockets as well as to planet, since when orders are placed and packaged delivery is made, such a retail scenario inflicts lesser effect on climate as well as on the change. Such is due to efficient management of logistic and as the routes of delivery are specific and a vehicle is made to cover specific distances on everyday basis.
Now another question crosses our mind that whether such type and such a degree of adherence to refined social behaviour (which is precautionary) would remain unchanged once the Covid-19 crises is over. In this context, Charles Duhigg, who has penned down a book titled as “The Power Of Habit” regards the habits that are developed over a lifetime, are hard to liquidate, and when environment turns or would turn favourable, old habits will again be in the driving seat, unless there is declared a mega reward to shed the older and strong ways of living and dealing.
Carbon Emission And Greenhouse Effect:
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