Hello, beautiful people of Read.cash! We are already in the last week of October, and I hope you all are ready for the Trick-or-treating.
However, as there are still a few days until Halloween, today I'm going to write about a more serious subject.
I don't know if you do it. But when I think about the Pandemic and its effects. I always do it with a negative outlook. Having in mind the loss of friends and family and how our daily life has been affected. The struggle of my son with his online classes. How the confinement has affected our social life, the possibility of traveling, and the effects on our finances. And I have never been to think of any positive effect. Although, in the last times, some news has referred to how the forced pause caused by the pandemic has brought some temporary effects of climate change.
But yesterday, I watched the outstanding documentary The year earth changed. The film explores the impact of confinement on wildlife. It was filmed in different locations across all continents, over nine months. And it was released last April. The film is directed by Tom Beard and narrated by the well-known British naturalist and broadcaster, David Attenborough.
The documentary shows amazing images of nature's response to that forced respite that was given to the planet. During the time that the confinement lasted, many news told about how the air quality had improved in various parts of the world. In cities with a lot of pollution, the improvement was dramatic.
One of the events that the documentary narrates is how in Jalandhar in India, for the first time in 30 years, the inhabitants of the city could see the Himalayas in the distance. The tallest mountain range on earth had always been there, but covered behind a curtain of smog and pollution for the people of Jalandhar.
Endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles, which improved their reproduction rates as the beaches were deserted. In the documentary, they show it with images of scientists who were studying the reproduction of these turtles on a beach in Florida in the United States.
Of course, there is no shortage of images of wild animals walking the streets in some cities. Or like in a resort in South Africa for tourists of Safaris, the wild animals were at ease in the hotel facilities.
But in my opinion, one of the best messages that the documentary leaves is that it's possible to achieve better coexistence with the natural world that surrounds us. And how small changes in our behavior can have an impact on nature. And achieve coexistence between humans and wildlife, if humans lighten a bit their footprint in the natural world.
The film shows how in a town in India called Assam, a project succeeds in promoting coexistence between farmers and elephants. The movie segment explains how a group of farmers agree to plant rice fields on the edges of the jungle so that elephants can enjoy their favorite food without raiding farmers' nearby crops. And the project shows how elephants are limited to eating only in crops near the edge of the jungle and don't raid farmers' crops. A perfect example of coexistence between farmers and elephants.
The documentary is streaming on Apple TV. And If you find it, I encourage you to watch it.
I would be lying if I said I noticed some change in Caracas, in the natural environment. Air quality has probably improved, but Caracas is a city with clear skies. And as there is much less traffic. So even if I have no evidence. Probably, the fauna of the city should have found more spaces.
However, something that I've noticed and isn't positive at all. It's how since the pandemic began, we have increased the use of plastic containers. Deliveries services in the city have proliferated. Therefore, the use of disposable containers has increased. Our customs have adapted to the new normal. Now ordering delivery food is more common than going out to eat. And at least, in my house, now the disposable containers proliferate, which doesn't make me feel so good.
Did you notice any change in nature around you during the confinement?
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Until next time! ;)
October 25, 2021
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