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April 07, 2020

It has been almost three months since we received the news about this virus for the first time. A lot has changed during this period. Life as we knew abruptly left us without even bothering to wave at us as a gesture to say goodbye. Feeling lost and anxious, we have faced the reality of the world that is taken over by the invisible virus. Yes, it is sad for us to lose many of our own to this unpredictable enemy. Most businesses had to shut their doors to customers for an indefinite period. The economy as we know will have to go through rather unprecedented aftermath of this pandemic soon enough.

The irony of a respiratory illness

However, on the flip side, the earth is taking a break from the totality of our greatly destructive habits like unnecessary flying & driving, exhaustion & destruction of the natural resources and excessive production of unneeded goods & services. One of the immediate effects noticed is the air quality, which has changed drastically in a matter of a mere week of lockdown in major cities throughout the globe. This has already been physically felt by some of our family members and friends who normally suffered from difficulty breathing in those 'olden' days. So, the earth is not alone in taking a breather from the toxic effects of our very own 'old' habits, the irony of this respiratory illness.

Light at the end of the tunnel

The slow and somber days we spend in our homes are most likely to continue for a couple more weeks if not months. Although it is not as anyone planned, we have now the time to reflect on our past and ourselves deeply, and reimagine and repeat our 'new' habits which might be sorely needed after the lockdown. Maybe, just maybe, this time we will change our attitude towards our only home, the planet Earth.

Read more: Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

Source:

Air pollution goes down as Europe takes hard measures to combat coronavirus. (2020, March 24). Retrieved from https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/air-pollution-goes-down-as

Wires, N. (2020, March 22). Air quality is improving in countries under coronavirus quarantine. Retrieved from https://www.france24.com/en/20200322-air-quality-is-improving-in-countries-coronavirus-quarantine-pollution-environment





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