While a lot of the world has been quiet for much of March and April, and will likely continue to be throughout May — our planet has been receiving a much-needed break. It’s been reported that pollution and greenhouse gas emission levels have fallen all over the world as streets are empty, restaurants are closed, and no one is travelling. In this blog, we are reflecting on the positive impact that COVID-19 is having on our environment.
A Massive Reduction In Carbon Emissions
As many continue to work from home, only choosing to leave the house for essential work, walks, and visits to the grocery store, there are changes happening to our planet.
In New York City, pollution has reduced by nearly 50% because of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. In China, emissions fell by 25% and the number of “good quality air days” rose by 11.4 percent when people were instructed to stay home.
Fix Your Eyes On The Skies
A byproduct of the closure of much of our industry is a massive reduction in light pollution. For folks who live In large cities like Toronto and the GTA, this is a rare opportunity to stargaze at night while you have the opportunity.
TMD & Moffatt’s Earth Day Tradition
Pictured above: A member of the Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal team volunteering for road-side cleanup on Earth Day 2020.
Every year on Earth Day, we team up with Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal to perform a roadside cleanup. This year was no different, although extra equipment and safety measures were employed. We had six volunteers put on their personal protection equipment and spend the day making a difference, all while staying six-feet apart.
How You Can Give Back During A Pandemic
It’s incredible to see how many people are embracing small acts of kindness during this tough time. From inspiring messages written on window panes and in chalk on the sidewalk to hand-sewn masks donated to those in need, there are many ways you can help:
- Pick up trash (safely) when you’re out for a walk
- Plant vegetables and flowers in your garden to help pollinators
- Do a home cleanup and sort your findings into reuse, recycle, and giveaway piles — rather than throwing it all away
- Volunteer virtually
- Donate blood
However you choose to spend your time during this unique time that we’re in, take comfort in knowing that our planet is getting a well-deserved break. Let this be a lesson for all of us for the future — small everyday changes can have a major impact.
At TMD, we are still working on essential projects and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to get in touch with us for more information about our demolition, environmental abatement, or hazardous material removal and cleaning services, please reach out here.