It could not be denied that human activity has greatly affected the Earth, often in a very negative way. Just recently, monkeys in Thailand raided homes because they were starving as there were no more tourists to feed them. They’ve so gotten used to getting fed by tourists that they no longer knew how to find food in the jungle!
But while the pandemic wreaked havoc across the world, forcing lockdowns in many countries, it brought a lot of good to the environment. In places like China and Italy, pollution levels were significantly down due to shutdown in manufacturing plants and the lack of vehicles on the road.
In Venice, a resident noticed something really beautiful – some of the canals have become so clear that fish are actually swimming back in the waters! Wow.
With most activities in the city put on hold amid the lockdown, the usually dark, murky waters in the canals have slowly cleared up.
Real estate agent and life-long Venetian Marco Capovilla, 40, was surprised to see small fishes swimming in the canal waters. He described it as a ‘striking’ view and admitted that he had never seen the canal waters this clear.
“Thanks to the quarantine, we are experiencing a cleaner environment,” Marco said.
He’s not alone in that observation.
“Seeing so many fish in the canals was extremely rare before the quarantine,” said bank worker Martina Bettoni, 33, who also lives in Venice. “I hope we’ll learn from this tragic time, and that when this is over Venice will be able to strike a balance between tourist crowds and cleanliness.”
The Earth is healing…
Here's an unexpected side effect of the pandemic – the water's flowing through the canals of Venice is clear for the first time in forever. The fish are visible, the swans returned. pic.twitter.com/2egMGhJs7f
— Kaveri 🇮🇳 (@ikaveri) March 16, 2020