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Is the Coronavirus crisis benefiting the environment?

The Coronavirus will improve people´s perception of sustainable tourism, and people will focus more on sustainable ways of traveling in the future?
Yes - in the short run
Yes - in the long run
No - people will behave the same as before

These weeks we are witnessing how nature is returning to its original shape. It happens for the first time, that popular and always crowded tourist destinations are bringing back to its former glory. Venice is clean again! The canals in Venice are so still, dolphins and swans are returning for the first time in years.

Recent satellite images from NASA of China also showed less air pollution amid the country’s economic shutdown, due to less transportation and manufacturing. History suggests that global catastrophes, especially those with major effects on the economy, tend to drive a short decline in carbon emissions. The 2008 recession, for instance, was accompanied by a temporary drop in global carbon emissions.

What do you think? Is coronavirus inadvertently cleaning our planet? What are the possible implications? How the virus will affect tourism and perception of sustainability tourism?

Best regards,

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

Thanks, Adis, for initiating this little research. We should try to make a bit publicity for it...

I will link it to other issues which might fit to this!

Bye, Harry

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 


Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
Assoc. Professor for Sustainability and Ethics in Tourism
Institute for  Health and Tourism Management
FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 24
8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Phone office +43-316/5453-6725
Phone mobil: +43-699/191.44.250


By protecting and restoring nature and its ecosystems, we protect and restore ourselves. This situation with the corona virus should change our perception about the nature and ecosystem.

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft