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Breaking News lockdown caused by the coronavirus  a relieve for our planet | Breaking News

Lockdown Caused By The Coronavirus: A Relieve For Our Planet

by: Anne Quito
lockdown caused by the coronavirus  a relieve for our planet | Breaking News

The coronavirus and the lockdown is 'an amazing grace for the planet' according to a design trends forecaster. "I think we should be very grateful for the virus because it might be the reason we survive as a species.”

Coronavirus And Lockdown: What A Relieve! 

Climate change, a positive 'view, according to Dutch trends forecaster Li Edelkoort. The deadly coronavirus strain Covid-19 has upended manufacturing cycles, travel plans, and conference schedules around the world. Speaking at Design Indaba, a conference in Cape Town recently, the celebrated 69-year old design industry advisor pictured Covid-19, the coronavirus as a sobering force that will temper our consumerist appetites and jet-setting habits.

Recommended: Coronavirus, COVID-19 Symptoms Flu, And Global Climate Change

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A model wears a creation by Maison Margiela. A similar image of the same model was used by Tatler to illustrate a story about coronavirus.

Edelkoort, who in recent years has become a fashion sustainability crusader, believes we can emerge from the health crisis and the lockdown as more conscientious humans. “We need to find new values, values of simple experience, of friendship,” she told Quartz. “It might just turn the world around for the better, and maybe it influences climate change in a positive way. At least the air we breeze will be much cleaner."



                                                                 Venice Deserted Due To Coronavirus

“The coronavirus and therefor caused lockdown will slow down everything,” Edelkoort notes. “We will see an arrest in the making of consumer goods. That is terrible and wonderful because we need to stop producing at such a pace. We need to change our behavior to save the environment and our 'climate.' It’s almost as if the virus is amazing grace for the planet.”

Recommended: Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation

Having been a consultant to global brands like Armani, Hyundai, and Google, in a career spanning more than 45 years, Edelkoort is attuned to how travel restrictions affect businesses. Then, of course, there is the crucial role China plays in the supply chain for companies around the world. “People will try to do things via Skype, but that seldom works,” she explains. “We are already two months behind, which means summer-themed goods won’t be delivered or will arrive too late to be sold.”

Climate Change: Coronavirus And Lockdown Indirectly Cleans Our Air

It seems the lockdown in many countries has an unintended benefit; blue skies. The average number of 'good quality air days' increased by 21.5% in February, compared to the same period last year, according to China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

What A relieve For Our Planet: Hubei Isn't Alone.

Satellite images released by NASA and the European Space Agency show a dramatic reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions - those released by vehicles, power plants, and industrial facilities - in major Chinese cities between January and February. The visible cloud of toxic gas hanging over industrial powerhouses almost disappeared. A similar pattern has emerged with carbon dioxide (CO2) released by burning fossil fuels such as coal.

air pollution graph

But while lockdown measures designed to stem the spread of the virus have caused a momentary uptick in China's pollution levels, experts warn that when the county starts to reboot its economy, the toxic chemicals could up to higher levels than before the epidemic hit.

Air pollution levels Europe map
Air pollution levels Europe in January 2020. There is a relation between air pollution and affected people with the coronavirus

Climate activists say the crisis caused by the coronavirus and lockdown could provide a window to ramp up these promised reforms.

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A man is wearing a face mask passed by empty ticket counters at the Daegu Airport in Daegu, South Korea, on Monday. Kimhuyun-Tae/Yonhap Via Associated Press/Yonhap Via AP

After the coronavirus and all the lockdowns around the world, utopia looms, Edelkoort suggests. Indeed, Covid-19 could open new avenues for innovation, akin to how the bubonic plague ushered in an era of labor reforms and improvements in medicine in the Middle Ages. Being confined to our towns or cities could foster a revival of cottage industries and an appreciation for locally made goods, she says. “There are so many possibilities,” Edelkoort says. “I’m strangely looking forward to it.”

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