Even if the lockdown has improved our environmental health to a large extent, however, we should not neglect the pandemic’s detrimental effects on the ecosystem. Increased medical waste, irresponsible use and disposal of masks, disinfectants, and gloves, as well as untreated waste, continue to endanger our environment and human health.
This pandemic, while unfortunate, has created a sense of unity among us to win against the despair of this unprecedented time. The positive changes observed in the environment will be short-lived if we do not take adequate measures for long-term benefits and sustainable environmental management.
As we continue to find ways to overcome this pandemic, we should also have to continue to find ways to restore and improve our environment.
World Environment Day 2021 also calls to restore the ecosystem to heal the planet. Certainly, human activity cannot be halted endlessly; we need to devise measures and interventions that enable us to co-exist with the environment in harmony.