Sustainable story:locked human, liberates nature and make ecology more sustainable during the COVID-19.

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Have you ever felt that human beings are getting away from nature? Animals are getting farther and farther away from us. Due to human over exploitation, destruction of nature, encroachment on the living environment of animals and killing them, many species have died out. This planet has existed for 4.5 billion years, it does not need human existence, but human beings cannot leave nature.


Human have coexisted with nature for hundreds of years. Especially the existence of animal kingdom, which brings vitality to the earth. We can’t imagine what life would be like without animals and plants in the world. As human have been living on the earth for more and more years, the damage to nature becomes more and more obvious. This will lead to a basic thinking: Yes, what can we do to make human beings and nature coexist harmoniously? We should begin to face up to the relationship with nature, cherish existing natural resources, control all bohemian behaviors, and assume the responsibility of balancing with nature. But how to achieve the goal? Instead of just talking, we need something could move everyone to take action.


A documentary inspired me.


Imagine that, what nature would be like without human beings?


Not long ago, my friend, Leo recommended to me a documentary called The Year Earth Change made by BBC. This documentary mainly tells about the great changes in nature in the year of the outbreak of the COVID-19 in 2020.


By the way, I have to admit that my friends usually recommend many movies or TV plays, I may wait a long time to watch them, or even not. When Leo recommended the documentary to me, I asked him what he thought of the documentary, he said:    


People and nature coexist need to help each other. Before the outbreak, the trace of human beings was preventing nature from healing itself. We should be able to bring about a better environment for nature. We can reduce pollution, make the air clean, make the sea blue, and make the animal world vibrant.


COVLD-19 could give humans pause and nature a break.


What impressed me most about this documentary is that the arrival of the pedemic gives animals a chance to breed more new life. Whether it is turtle laying eggs or cheetah feeding in the film, it is very interesting. We humans intervene in so many good things that may seem trivial to us, but for animals, it’s their way of survival. The only thing I don’t like about the documentary is that besides recording the beautiful nature, it didn‘t call for people to join hands to make some changes and put forward ways to protect our beautiful home.

After watching this documentary, I changed some habits in my life. For example, I reduced the use of chemicals and make the best use of recyclable resources. At the same time, I also planted more green plants and make a small contribution to change the surrounding environment.


I learned a lot from this documentary. We are a part of the Earth’s life, perhaps we are the ruler of the Earth in a sense, but that is only what we think it is. The beauty of nature is composed of every organic and inorganic matter, whether animal or plant, we can find the best way for human beings to get along with nature, but many people have not realized it yet. And that requires us to work together to find and protect the only home we have left.(Leo, personal communication, 5 October 2022)


Until later, I watched this documentary. Similarly, I was also moved by many plots. When people are locked in their homes, nature is changing quietly. Every street in the city is lonely and silent, some birds begin to sing songs that they have never performed to nature. The beautiful Himalayan Mountains, which are covered by polluted atmosphere all the year round, people can finally see its original amazing appearance. During the COVID-19, turtles greatly increased their egg production. With the reduction of human intervention, the survival rate of their pups increased by 20%. Without human occupation, turtles and crabs realized “luxurious holiday travel” on the beach. In a cruise ship without more than 100 tourists, whales swim freely in the sea, migrating from Hawaii to the Gulf of Alaska to hunt. On the African continent, cheetah cubs heard their mother’s call crosses the open prairie, they could survive safely without the noise of the past sightseeing buses. When they were reunited, the quiet and warm picture at that moment made my eyes moist. There are more interesting and touching stories in nature during the COVID-19. If you are interested, please see the original film.


Each frame of this documentary can be used as wallpaper, bringing shock and comfortable viewing experience. The narration by David Attenborough is a warm love letter dedicated to the earth, which reproduces the healing of nature and brings bright hope for the future.


I recommended the documentary to other two friends, Gao and Ally, interviewed their views:


After watching the documentary I was very moved, never thought that because there is no human disturbance of the nature of many life can be free to live. The earth is a big family, there are all kinds of extended family life coexist, human can’t because of the development of their living space for the other life. So I think in the future should not too much of the wild tourism, to other life to set aside enough living space, to protect the environment and the creatures, let all life of human and nature in harmony.


The documentary’s scenes are very realistic. Many times, humans are only concerned with ourselves, with growing and expanding production. Lockdown during the pandemic can make life in nature suddenly have a very special time; Turtles are free to lay their eggs; Leopards can enter urban areas without reservation; The air pollution index decreased rapidly; Indians can see the Himalayas clearly… I was moved by the images. I have learned that human beings should not only think about their own life, but must care for other lives. The Earth is a big family, and there are countless species of life that need to live freely and happily. We should reduce our desire, not occupy the natural environment too much, set a period of time not to go out to let the world quiet down! Let so many lovely life and human beings enjoy life together! (Gao, personal communication, 10 October 2022)


Human’s hand is too long, encroaching on the living space originally belonging to other creatures, leading to a series of problems: Ecological destruction, environmental pollution, animals can not get a normal rest… Usually only know the head on the road seems to have forgotten to perceive everything around. But the problems that matter to us can only be perceived by humans when we stop and observe life. So be quiet, and really feel the world as it is.(Ally, personal communication, 10 October 2022)


During the period when nature began to “revel”, the surprises they brought were enough to make us sigh. When we slow down, the blue planet becomes quiet, and the entire ecological chain is recovering, reducing global carbon dioxide emissions by 6%. Life is originally lovely and vigorous, we don’t always have to vent, override and conquer.


Nature urges humans to stop just to give them a break.


The next 10 years will be the last chance for mankind to save the world. Here, I appeal to people to take action to save the resources around you, including the use of water and electricity; Prevent waste and excessive production of waste to the landfill; Reasonably develop non renewable limited resources such as natural gas, oil, gasoline, coal, etc. Their emissions will cause air pollution and endanger nature; Take good care of animals, prohibit the indiscriminate killing of wild animals and the sale of animal fur; Establishing nature reserves; Rescue stray animals or wild animals; At the same time, we also need to protect the living environment of animals and provide them with a safe and good living space. As the documentary said, we love animals, and animals will love us.


I love nature, its magic, its goodness and beauty. If we really love the earth, we must accept, tolerate, adapt to and protect everything it exists.