We are going through one of the hardest times in the 21st Century. Filled with bad news, the human species is fighting for survival. As much as we need to battle the pandemic, we must resist the climate crisis and choose sustainability as our survival pathway. Amidst the pandemic, and the loss of lives, time and happiness, let’s look at some good news for biodiversity and the ecosystem.
Coral Reefs of the Red Sea surprisingly resist climate change. Increasing temperature and marine pollution is a threat to the coral reefs — the ecosystem of the Red Sea that protects and provides a habitat to hundreds of coastal organisms. Environmental activists and scientists, for a long time, believed in the possibility of the death of coral species due to temperature rise. Surprisingly, coral reefs are super tolerant to the surge in heat where the scientists predicted the death of these organisms. Notably, the noble efforts of the Egyptian government to preserve the coral reefs and the Red Sea is yet another hopeful news.
A plethora of plants’ flowering depends on honey bees for pollination, so it is clear that bees are important to keep the cycle of life moving. The US Department of Agriculture has reported a 70% growth in the Bee population across the country. Several American states had started the initiative to develop bee colonies. States including Maines and Michigan have grown more than 50% by adding thousands and thousands of bee colonies. A Bee colony is also known as social bees meant for the way of organised social life they live in.
Carbon monoxide emissions reduced considerably during the Covid-19 lockdown. The world is working hard to overcome the pandemic. However, the shutdown followed by the coronavirus has hugely helped nature because of the reduction in air, water and sound pollution. In addition to this, the large hole in the ozone layer is said to have closed during the global quarantine, a light of hope in the time of darkness.
Planting more trees, or practicing reforestation, is a nature-based climate solution to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Trees store up the carbon and speed up the process of reducing emissions. Hopefully, the Wales government has announced a multi-million project to grow forest across its territory. This ambitious plan is driven from understanding our responsibility to protect future generations from the climate crisis. The Welsh government plans to grow 2,000-4,000 hectares of forest land. This $5-million project to preserve biodiversity is a huge step for a comparatively small country and surely sets an example for other countries.
About the author: Nivya Jayan is a passionate writer and graduate in Economics. She is a reader for life and interested in politics and diplomacy.