Amanda LeBlanc ‘21: Air becomes cleaner and waters clear up as a result of less pollution releasing into the air and people staying home due to the shutdown. Large factories close and transportation diminishes, resulting in fewer greenhouse gases emitting into the air.

“According to the EPA, motor vehicles collectively cause 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S.” said.

With transportation seen as one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, it’s no wonder why pollution dramatically decreased since the stay-at-home order. Fewer planes in the sky and cars on the road leads to less use of fossil fuels, leaving the air clean. Air becomes so clear that people in certain parts of India see the Himalaya Mountains from over 100 miles away.

Along with skies clearing up, waters become more transparent as well. The Venice canals in Italy become clearer for the first time in a long while. As a result of less boat traffic and gas pollution, people along the canal easily spot marine life such as fish, crabs, octopus, and jellyfish.

“With people staying in their homes, it’s creating cleaner air and water because it’s less activity in the outside world,” Ava Hall ‘21, Environmental Club member, said. “I’m glad that people are starting to realize the impact we have and that we really can make a difference if we try.”

People all over the world acknowledge the cleaner air and enjoy it while it lasts. While the economy takes a hit during the lockdown, there’s no doubt that the environment benefits from all of this.

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