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Published On: Thu, Apr 16th, 2020

COVID-19: Environmentalist says lockdown huge plus for environment

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An environmentalist, Ms Gloria Bulus said the current lockdown on human activities as a result of the Conovirus pandemic is a huge plus for the environment.
The Environmetlist also said that the federal and state governments action would cause a reduction in global climate change effects and place the environment at an advantage.
Bulus, the founder of Bridge-that-Gap Initiative, an environmental Non- governmental organisation, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on yesterday in Lagos.
She noted that human activities has always contributed to the climate change effects but with the lockdown, the environment will also enjoy a much needed rest.
“Experts are of the opinion that human activities contributes largely (almost 100per cent) to climate change.
The lockdown has seriously reduced daily human activities because streets are now empty, factories are closed, cars are parked and virtually most human activities is at a halt.
“Surely, this has to be good for the environment. Climate advocates/activists have been campaigning and pushing for a change in our lifestyles to a sustainable eco-friendly lifestyle which has only few people are adhering to.
“But with the lockdown human footprint on the earth has suddenly lightened, which indicates a positive impact on the climate.
We are now experiencing cleaner air with little amount of pollution (carbon emissions), our biodiversity is being preserved which implies a more liberated wildlife and even cleaner water.
“The most positive aspect of the lockdown is the reduction in air pollution, especially from vehicles, air planes, industries etc.,” the expert told NAN.
Bulus, however, noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed daily human lifestyle positively, adding that the environment needs this lockdown to enable it heal and bounce back.
She also encouraged Nigerians to live sustainable lives in order to further preserve the environment and mitigate climate change effects.
“We can live sustainably in this lockdown period by avoiding food waste, appreciate nature and its beauty, buy only things you need. Reduce household energy use by turning off the lights and electrical appliances when not in use.
“We must learn to conserve energy by replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), Open windows to allow in natural breeze, use energy-efficient appliances.
We can also eat local food by growing little gardens for our vegetables and fruits, save water, avoid plastics and other disposables rather recycle and reuse most materials or products.
“This COVID-19 lockdown is a huge plus for the environment because it is what environmental advocates/activists have been advocating for so many years.
Its seems what humans paid little attention to is now a reality with the lockdown due to Covid-19. There might be a cut in emissions now but I do not think it is enough,” Bulus said.
The expert further called for increased awareness on the necessity of reducing carbon footprint in the atmosphere as well curbing plastic pollution and a host of other environmental anomalies.
The sustainability of the reduction in emissions worries me a lot. Yes, Nature is being restored but for how long? This can only be sustained if we move to clean energy sources and change our daily lifestyles.
“I believe the lockdown is a good period to tackle plastic pollution in the country because we change our lifestyles by giving up plastic bags, skip the use of straws, give up on plastic bottles, avoid plastic packaging, recycle and reuse what we can.
“The lockdown period can be used to raise awareness by teaching individuals, families and children about plastic pollution,” the expert said.(NAN)

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