The natural world is flourishing while the world is dealing with crises.
As the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, at least one-third of the world’s population is under some sort of stay-at-home order. The limited outside activity has resulted in detrimental losses in the global economy, but without human touch, the natural world has been thriving. While these improvements will unfortunately not last as people revert back to their normal habits, the environmental improvements have been eye-opening to how much responsibility humans have in damaging our planet. These eight photos show just how quickly nature is healing free from man’s intrusion.
Less trafficked canals in Venice
Italy’s country-wide lockdown has drastically decreased boat traffic in Venice’s historical waterways that are usually congested with gondolas, water taxis, and cruise ships. Residents are beginning to see fish, seaweed, and swans in the newly cleared canals.
White sand and blue waters in Miami
Now that the heavily visited beaches in Miami, Florida, are closed to beachgoers, the sand is cleaner, and the water is clearer. “It was special, definitely something that felt unbelievable,” Mark Ruiz, who was filming a marketing video on the beach, told WLPG. “I felt like I was in a movie. The ocean was crystal clear, neon blue; you could see right through the bottom of the ocean. I’ve never seen the water that blue in the years that we’ve been filming in South Florida.”