By Danielle Mahabir, Gr. 8

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy

God gives us his creation. At the beginning of time, he created plants, animals, land and oceans. Yet we show a lack of respect when it comes to these things. We pollute his oceans, take the lives of his animals, and exhibit little courtesy for one another. We must come together, especially during this time of need, to support one another and show our care for God’s creation.

Coronavirus’ Effect on Nature and the Environment

Nature is sending us a powerful message with the Coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Anderson. Due to the worldwide quarantine, canals in Venice run clearer, which allow one of God’s most graceful creations, dolphins, to appear much more commonly. Since there is less boat traffic along these canals, the sediment which would usually be brought to the top of the water’s surface is now settled at the bottom. Furthermore, fewer water taxis and ferry boats have allowed for the air quality to improve. Although this pandemic has had positive effects on God’s creation, we still treat them very poorly.

Human Impacts on our Earth

We have harmed God’s earth in many different ways. For example, we have polluted our planet so much, and it has had serious effects. Air pollution is known to exacerbate several existing lung and heart conditions, such as asthma. It may also cause “long term ​damage to people’s nerves, brain, kidneys, liver, and other organs.”, as stated in ​www.theguardian.com​. Ocean pollution, another horrible thing which we are responsible for, has killed thousands of God’s wonderful ocean creatures. Every year, over 8 million tons of garbage are dumped into the ocean. Marine life is constantly tricked into thinking they are eating food when they are really ingesting poisonous plastic which may be seen floating on the surface of the water. However, we are told to not give up, because there is still hope for us to redeem ourselves and fix our mistakes.

Hope for the Future

If we all participate, and show more respect for God’s creation, we can make all of these terrible situations right again. COVID19, a deadly virus, has proved to help the environment in some ways. We can save God’s animals if we reduce our meat intake, or our dairy intake. We should always be mindful of what we throw in the trash and try to reduce the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis.“​And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” (King James Version, Luke 21,11). Although there are many people who think this situation is hopeless, God does have a plan for us. We must remember that all things happen for a reason.

Overall, this proves that God is helping us through this difficult time. We must show more respect toward his beautiful creations, just as he shows his respect for us.