by Leziel G. Bandiola, Bubot V. Sueta, and EB Lorenzo B. Lusica, OCTOBER 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic and response measures have significant short- and long-term effects on every individual as well as on the structure of the economy.
Here are 7 effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environmental pressure:
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread, national and local governments are urged to treat waste management, including medical, household, and other hazardous waste, as an urgent and essential public service to minimize possible secondary impacts upon health and the environment.
2. Plastic and Reusable Items
The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves, and other protective equipment soar. Plastic does not inherently make something clean and safe. Experts are proposing to bring back the bring-your-own-cup scheme. UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the number of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated.
3. Exposure to Hazardous Substances
Hosing down migrants and workers with bleach to ‘disinfect’ them is a ghastly and inhumane practice to combat COVID-19, said UN Special Rapporteur on toxic waste. The Special Rapporteur appealed to States and businesses on the dire need to protect the brave doctors, nurses, first responders, and others on the front lines in this fight.
4. Impact of COVID-related measures on air pollution
Researchers found that air pollution has intensified the pandemic. But the lockdown and related measures implemented by countries to stop the spread of COVID-19 have also led to a decrease in economic activities and a drop in road transport, temporarily clearing skies and decreasing levels of certain air pollutants.
5. Climate Action
While COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term. Carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere and oceans for centuries. Therefore, the world is facing continued climate change regardless of any temporary fall in emissions due to the COVID-19 related measures in lockdown. Meanwhile, the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 set to take place in Glasgow in November 2020 was rescheduled to 2021. This section provides relevant information about climate action during and beyond the pandemic.
6. Water and Sanitation
The spread of COVID-19 is closely related to water and sanitation, as cleaning hands can reduce transmission and help people stay healthy. But today billions of people still lack safe water, sanitation, and handwashing and funding is inadequate.
7. Oceans and Blue Economy
The global lockdown measures have led to a decrease in fishing, tourism, and maritime transport activities. For some, this can be seen as an opportunity to ensure the sustainable development of these industries while recovering.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”Jane Goodal, English primatologist and anthropologist
About the writers:
Leziel G. Bandiola. On the job with ISO 9001 Quality Management System for more than five years and counting. Since I transferred here in MPTS I have been exposed to Environment, Safety and Health. I have been with the newsletter team for more than a year now, a lot of lesson was learned and more exciting facts to unveiled as I work with this growing team.<3
Bubot V. Sueta. Environment Safety and Health Specialist, father of three beautiful children, a loving and faithful husband…. Graduated in Centro Escolar University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication Major in Broadcast. A Safety Officer for 10 years. Safety at work and home are his priorities. Ensures that the Project Site are free from hazards, all workers at site are knowledgeable on their activity and have a core value of safety awareness. The goal is to deliver the project on time with Quality and most importantly with ZERO Loss Time Incident.