In light of the current state of the globe, it is only appropriate to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic in my final blog. This microscopic virus has killed over 23,670 people as of Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:27 pm, and is bound to take the lives of thousands more by the end of this week (Coronavirus Cases). Following Trump’s problematic statement of calling COVID-19, “The Chinese Virus,” him recommending people to attend crowded churches on Easter Sunday, and his overall lack of urgency throughout this outbreak, many people on social media started to voice their skepticism on the origins of the disease. One popular conspiracy, is that the virus was created in a lab to be used at the disposal of elite world leaders during times of crisis. Many speculate that due to the overpopulation of people on earth, and the fact that there is an extreme lack of natural resources such as food, water, oil etc., that government officials have planted this virus as a form of population control. Instead of having to choose who is worthy of survival, the officials figure that this would be the fairest way to reduce the population. While this is a mere theory made by average American citizens, it is not an unrealistic claim, especially when considering the mass number of leaders throughout history who have been corrupt, and/or who have made questionable decisions.
As technological advances during the industrial revolution have allowed infants and the elderly to have a lower mortality rates, the world’s population has dramatically increased over the decades. There are currently about 7.77 billion people on earth today, and the number increases every millisecond. In 1970, there was about half as many people in the world as there are today, and this has had a massive negative impact on the state of the earth (Current World Population). Vital renewable resources that create food, clothing, and shelter—all of which are essential to human life, are being rapidly depleted because people have failed to realize that resources are only renewable if they are used rationally, and are properly managed. At the current rate of consumption, oil will run out within thirty years, necessary elements such as lead, zinc, copper, and nickel are expected to run out within the next forty to seventy years (Encyclopedia). As discussed previously, studies show that mass producing and raising animals for food damages the environment more than just about anything else that we can do, and for every omnivore that goes vegan, enough land is cleared up to feed about 18 other vegans. In the past, the complete depletion of the earth’s resources has seemed like a non-urgent issue, but at this current rate, we will see the effects of past and present generation’s selfishness within our lifetime.
With governments all across the globe mandating that people practice social distancing in order to reduce the spreading of the Coronavirus, the earth has been able to replenish itself quickly. Carbon emissions have drastically decreased (25% in China alone), air quality has improved etc. as people are forced to focus on only the necessities in life (Politico). As I have finished the final blog at 5:25 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020 the number of casualties has risen to 23,714—an astonishing increase of precious human lives that have been captured by this microscopic virus (Coronavirus Cases). With all of this in mind, whose responsibility is it to secure the healthy future of our own lives, and our children’s? Will we turn a blind eye in order to enjoy our familiar comforts while letting officials take their time in addressing the environmental crisis caused by the consumption of sentient beings, or will we take matters into our own hands, and induce the necessary change?
“Coronavirus Cases:” Worldometer, www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/.
“Current World Population.” Worldometer, www.worldometers.info/world-population/.
Politico. “6 Ways Coronavirus Is Changing the Environment.” POLITICO, POLITICO, 18 Mar. 2020, www.politico.eu/article/6-ways-coronavirus-is-changing-the-environment/.
“Shortage of Natural Resources.” Shortage of Natural Resources | World Problems & Global Issues | The Encyclopedia of World Problems, encyclopedia.uia.org/en/problem/133899.