2020 has been a year like no other. Throughout the pandemic, The Rural Post has remained positive and inspiring. But it’s not just The Post. Here are a few other positives resulting from Covid-19 and the societal changes it spawned:
- The global environment was a big winner. With fewer boats in the water and a reduction in air pollution, urban areas are seeing a sharp increase in water quality, as is the case in Venice’s canal water. Locals in Venice say it is the first time they have ever seen fish swimming in the canal.
- With fewer concerts in 2020 and lower commuting and outdoor activity, seismologists have had a rare opportunity to better monitor earthquakes and volcanic activity while seismic noise has been reduced globally by 50%. According to Science Magazine, “the 2020 seismic noise quiet period is the longest and most prominent global anthropogenic seismic noise reduction on record.”
- Have you noticed that weather forecasts are more accurate? According to the Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, “the worldwide reduction in aircraft flights could increase the accuracy of weather forecasts. Being able to accurately predict climate has huge benefits for businesses within the agriculture and farming industries.”
- Working remotely is now a viable option for many businesses. Working at home was the only option during lock down and companies are now making it a permanent option. The savings for businesses in office space costs has been substantial. This past summer, Open Text in Waterloo announced it would be reducing its office footprint by 50% and Shopify announced through social media that most of their employees would be permanently working remotely as “office centricity is over”. According to Virtural Vocations – on average, working from home uses 40% less emissions, 32% less paper, and 20% less energy consumption when compared to being in an office. Not to mention the reduced number of cars on the road, which has a direct impact on our environment and rush hour traffic.
- Our acknowledgement and appreciation of frontline workers has been a wonderful thing. Drive anywhere in our communities and you will see lawn signs in praise of healthcare workers, farmers and truck drivers.
And finally, we have all been forced to appreciate our own silence and space. I have found this one of the greatest by-products of Covid-19 and 2020. It has given me time to grow closer to God, my family and friends. A quote from L.E. Horn sums it up. “Sometimes we need to step away from our current reality in order to truly appreciate it”.
May the new normal we have adjusted to in 2020 carry over to next year and we continue to appreciate our communities and the people around us.
Thank you to all of our readers and advertisers that have helped make the Rural Post the choice in many communities. Have a wonderful holiday.
Written by Todd Cowan