Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has given the world a new perspective on environmental sustainability.
The pandemic has been showing positive and negative effects on the environment.
In the midst of a pandemic, pollution emissions are reducing and toxins in water are starting to clear up. The unfortunate reality is that people are rapidly losing their lives or becoming ill on a massive scale across the globe. The positive impacts on the planet from forced quarantine and self-isolation are only temporary measures.
On the contrary, the pandemic has increased our utilization of antibacterial aerosol sprays. In fact, every time that we use aerosols, we increase our carbon footprint; because they contain hydrocarbon and compressed gasses. The use of non-environmentally friendly products that are saving lives now will have negative and long-term effects on the environment.
We have the opportunity to reshape our behaviors, such as how much we use and waste resources, how much we consume, and how frequently.
Now is the time to reform our society into one that is extractive or wasteful.
What can we do?
We can support organizations like the Black Church Food Security Network (BCFSN). The aim of the Black Church Food Security Network is to create sustainable and community-centered food systems. BCFSN repurposes land around churches for the production of fruits and vegetables for the community.
If you are interested in growing your own food, check other BCFSN blog posts to learn how to grow organic food in your backyard or community garden.
If you don’t have a green thumb, you can buy food directly from farmers. Purchasing produce directly from farmers will decrease your household’s carbon footprint. Check out the Black Farmer Directory to locate Black farmers in your area.
The time for dramatic action in the fight against the Climate Crisis is now. What will you do?