Covid- 19 has positive and negative impact on environment in Kuwait. Air quality has improved during lockdown, but littering and single use plastic goes up.
Kuwait , Kuwait
05 July 2020, 12:00 AM
31 July 2020, 12:00 AM
As Kuwait witnesses improvement air quality and sea creatures reemerging, it begins to seem like there is a positive impact of Covid-19 on the environment.
However, the rise of single use plastic and an increase in littering have illustrated there is negative impact a well, apart from other negative impacts.
“The change in air quality is the main positive outcome of the pandemic since cars were parked in garages for months and economic activity was stopped,” Samia Al Duaij, Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank.
Al Duaij also pointed out that there has been a reappearance of wildlife in Kuwait especially in the desert.
As gyms, recreational facilities and dine-in restaurants remain closed; the number of beach goers has gone up in recent weeks. With more people utilizing beachfronts, the amount of garbage left behind has drastically increased.
“Single use plastic is an issue regardless of littering. For those that do not discard their waste probably it ends up in the ecosystem affecting the wildlife,” said Al Duaij.