Humans have made a big impact on Earth; sadly, it’s not always positive. In fact, humans have made such a negative impact on our home planet that such has become pretty obvious amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time in human history, it seems that the Earth has gotten a break from the negative impacts of human activity. Air pollution has dramatically dropped down across China.
NASA satellite images showed a notable decline in air pollution levels which coincided with restrictions imposed on transportation and business activities, as millions of people went into quarantine across China. Many streets across the world have become empty as well, leading to a decline in noise and air pollution all over the Earth.
Sadly, pollution isn’t the only thing that humans brought to Earth. In Thailand and many areas were animal tourism is popular, the locals are facing big problems after losing the tourists that fed the animals.
For instance, hundreds of monkeys have become dependent on tourists of their food in popular attractions in Thailand. This had gone on for many years so that the monkeys no longer knew how to find food in the forest. For them, it is easier to be where the humans are because there’s certainty of getting some food without much effort.
But as COVID-19 affected the travel industry, the loss of tourists in these areas also meant that there were no more people to feed these many monkeys. Starving but also unable to find food in the jungle, the monkeys have taken to raiding homes and shops for food!
In a video shared by The Guardian, hundreds of monkeys could be seen in the streets. They have overtaken the roads and are traveling in droves to find food in the houses – and the locals can’t do anything but watch.
What’s sad is that this could lead to other possible problems as the food shortage worsens. We could only hope that won’t hurt the people or, worse, bring new forms of virus to humans…
Here’s the video: