Matt’s Blog

After reading Nina’s blog from last week about the environment rebounding during the corona virus quarantines, I questioned the nature of this rebound. With only essential businesses open and people no longer having a reason to drive for work or otherwise, it would make sense to think that species are rebounding because the effects of pollution seem to be diminishing. However, I began to question if this could really be the sole cause of our environment’s rebound. With people no longer being able to leave their houses, the draw on electricity and other resources must be much higher than usual. And although combustion used in electricity generation is far more efficient than car engines, the idea that pollution is increasing in other sources allows the possibility that there are other causes of the healing ecosystem. I believe one of the larger causes for environmental revival to be a decreased human presence.

Noise pollution has been shown to have large effects on wildlife, it causes stress to many creatures which interferes with sleeping, feeding, and mating. With less cars and human presence in areas otherwise greatly affected by noise pollution, the environment is no longer struggling against unnatural conditions: it is being given the freedom to grow and flourish. Species activity is no longer being attacked by an invisible enemy. Though with this information comes an upsetting thought. If so much interference is caused by human presence, what are the next steps to aiding the environment?

10 Replies to “Matt’s Blog”

  1. The blog ties in the question of whether COVID-19 has any impact on the environment? Without humans will there be an “environmental revival”? I am also curious to know the answer. By incorporating Nina’s blog into the argument, it allows the reader to get another person’s point of view, but to better establish ethos it would be best to provide evidence (quotes?) and sources.

  2. I think your view is so interesting. I’ve never think about the environmental pollution from this aspect. Before I read your blog, I think the decrease of pollution is because people can’t go outside. However, after I read your blog, it gives me a new thinking area. I think find out the reason of the pollution is necessary. Only if people know the reason, we can have a better solution to help the environment and ourselves.

  3. You make a good point and I liked your ending thought/question. I liked how you tied this blog post into the current day situation we are all living in. I wonder what the answer to your question is. What do you think are some steps that we as a society could take to look into this? The tone throughout the blog was very informative and the way you used questions helped furthermore emphasize your point about what are the next steps we can take. Good job

  4. Hey Matt, I really liked your blog. Bringing up an alternative perspective was powerful. I think posing the question is encouraging readers to think more than respond. Do you have sources for these arguments? I think that would further strengthen your post. Thanks for your thoughts!

  5. Hi Matt,
    Your blog has given me a lot of information and good points on what the COVID-19 has affected on the environment and what other polluting problems there can be. Your thoughts on how decreasing human activity is a very good point because ever since there are less cars on the road and less carbon pollution is emitted that means the environment is being harmed less. I also think that electricity consumption is a good alternative as well but is a lot of people are increasing its demand, how does it affect the environment. Noise pollution is a good point as well, since it is more quiet animals can be at peace.

  6. I enjoyed reading this blog post because you offered a new perspective on how Covid-19 has impacted the environment. I agree that less human activity will have a substantial impact on pollution and slowing down the rate of climate change. I also like how you bounced off from Nina’s idea from last week, which was unique and made it even more interesting.

  7. Your blog is very interesting and I have never really thought about the idea of Noise Pollution. I do agree that since there has been less human activity, there is going to be less of an impact on the environment since nobody is really out in it. The next steps are going to be tricky because it is hard to keep people out of the environment when we’re not in quarantine. I think slowly the government should put down guidelines to help and maybe slowly it will improve.

  8. Hey Matt! I think it’s really cool that you built off of my post and took the idea in a new direction. I hadn’t necessarily thought about how noise pollution is a big factor in affecting the natural world, but after your post it totally makes sense. This post encourages the reader to think of the big picture and every aspect on the topic instead of focusing on one thought process. I really liked reading it!

  9. Hi, Matt. The idea you mentioned has been confirmed in the news recently. Human activity causes a lot of stress to animals, but we keep ignoring these problems. It is only now that the virus has spread around the world that we are beginning to see what is happening. I like the way you start the discussion from Nina’s point of view.

  10. I really liked how you covered a form of pollution that not many people would even consider, like noise pollution. It is also much more significant that you picked this topic and we all go to school in a city, so we can relate and care about the issue more. With sound pollution, I think that this plays a huge role in minimizing species in the given area along with night pollution which affects species which are nocturnal or hunt their prey at night.

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