Right now the global pandemic is the biggest issue in the world, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about other world issues such as the environment, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fight pandemic’s negative effects on environment

While stuck at home, think about ways to protect the Earth, says teen letter writer

To the editor,

Right now the global pandemic is the biggest issue in the world and rightfully so. But that doesn’t mean we can forget about other world issues such as the environment.

The pandemic has changed the way we live recently and has also had a negative impact on the environment. There is an added waste at this time with all the disposable masks and gloves. We are also unable to bring reusable bags or cups to most stores and cafés. Although travelling has been limited and we may have less pollution in the air, we are also at home a lot more, which means we’re using more electricity and hydro with the cooking, watching TV, using the bathroom more, etc.

Try to get outside more during this time by walking or biking and not relying on devices as much. You can purchase reusable masks that are machine washable and fashionable. You can also even try making your own mask.

The Earth still needs us to think about it. Just because we have a pandemic going on doesn’t give us an excuse to throw gloves and masks wherever we want whenever we want. Littering is still not OK. Just remember to be aware of what is going on around you in the environment and what you can do in the meantime while you’re stuck at home to try and save it.

Stella Parr, Nanaimo


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