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Are you ready to go back to the normal everyday life?

Are you ready to go back to the normal everyday life?

Hello again, I hope you’re staying safe! 🙂

The UK has been in “lockdown” for eight weeks now (although it hasn’t been properly enforced compared to other countries).

Are you ready to go back to a normal lifestyle? Do you feel like the world is prepared for us to return to everyday life?

We have seen beautiful changes on our planet regarding wildlife booming and natural healing. Our human activities have unfortunately destroyed our natural planet but now that we are in lockdown, mother nature is finally healing it.

If we return to our normal everyday lifestyles, our habits and regulations forced by governments MUST CHANGE DRASTICALLY in order to protect our planet for future generations.

Air pollution is a huge health concern for many and it is the biggest environmental health risk in Europe as The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 7 million people die from air pollution each year. According to Science of the Total Environment, long-term exposure to air pollution may be “one of the most important contributors to fatality caused by the COVID-19 virus” around the world. Places like Madrid and Lombardy were badly affected by the coronavirus outbreak and reports show that these areas have the highest concentration of NO2 in the atmosphere (which affects breathing) and their geography shows that they receive downward pressure from the mountains (this stops the dispersion of air pollutants).

Air pollution comes from many different sources such as agriculture, energy production and usage, volcanic eruptions, landfill sites, road transport and fuel combustion. Many people have chosen to become vegetarian or vegan in order to reduce their carbon footprint as agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to pollution.

Thankfully in 2019, the government launched the Clean Air Strategy which is the world’s first largest economy to enforce such goals based on WHO recommendations. In 2040, the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned and in 2022 only the cleanest stoves will be sold, as heating appliances and open fires are some of the biggest sources of pollution.

I recently found out from The World Economic Forum that whales can be a natural way of combating climate change. This is because every whale absorbs 33,000kg of CO2 over its lifetime, whereas 1 tree absorbs just up to 22kg a year. Also, wherever whales go, phytoplankton grows. Phytoplankton is a tiny sea creature which absorbs around 40% of all CO2. Just a 1% rise in phytoplankton would be like planting 2 billion mature trees. The population of whales is at a quarter of what it once was. Restoring whale numbers could absorb 1.3 billion tonnes of CO2 every year.

Aviation and travel industry plans

Many airport expansion plans have been adapted to the Government’s 2050 plans for “The Future of UK Aviation”. It requires that by 2050, the aviation industry will be net-zero carbon. This has led airports to plan on using electric charging stations, renewable energy and they will offset any carbon emissions.

I have learned about this in my Aviation and Airport Management degree. If you find this interesting and would like to know more about the course, take a look at our website here.

I am so glad that the government are finally putting regulations in place to help reduce pollution on our planet. We have done so much damage to this world and I just hope that by the time we come out of “lockdown”, the government will have made partnerships and regulations in order to create a more sustainable way of living.

Thanks for reading!

Charley x

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