Sustaining Positive Impact of Covid-19 Movement Control Order (MCO) on Environment through New Norm - Case of Malaysia
Keywords:Covid-19, pandemic, lockdown, MCO, environment, climate change, emissions
The Covid-19 pandemic came and brought a big wave of shock to the entire world with several millions of recorded death. Also, its effect on business, economies and human lives is devastating. Hence, many things have changed, including our daily norms. That involves daily activity, education, and economic activities. Even though this pandemic brings fears to the community, there is still a silver lining of this situation. Everywhere around the world were reported to have positive impacts on the environment due to Covid-19 and actions taken in containing it. Literature and reports show that total emissions have decreased due to less usage of fuel, electricity, travelling and the temporary closure of factories. Less air and water pollution are reported everywhere. Despite all these, it was argued that this is going to be a temporary blessing. Things will go back to square when normal activities are restored, and lockdowns are lifted. The question is, could this positive impact be sustained? What can we do to sustain or at least minimise the environmental damage in the future? This paper presents some data on how action to contain Covid-19 such as MCO and lockdown positively impact the environment worldwide especially Malaysia; as well as suggestions on how we could sustain, if not all, some part of these positive impacts through new norms.
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