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We Are At Nature’s Mercy

With the Coronavirus moving across the world and most people on lockdown, the environment has thankfully been able to take a breath of fresh air— literally. I have heard many spiritual people talk of how this virus was nature’s way of putting us as humans in line for the harm we’ve been causing our Mother. Say it louder for the people in the back! 

With the pollution we’ve been releasing into the world and the forests we’ve been cutting down and the animals we’ve been making go extinct- it’s no wonder Jörd was distressed, and so the Gods sent a time of chaos for the earth to heal, and heal is what she’s been doing. With cities across the world shut down and cars being kept in their driveways air pollution has drastically decreased. The earth needed to be reborn and it needed to get us at bay to do it. According to the World Economic Forum, “China’s 40% drop in NO₂ on 2019 levels for January and February in some areas equates to removing a whopping 192,000 cars.” This is wild, and without all those exhaust pipes going the earth can breathe again. They also go on to say, “Measurements from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5P satellite show that during late January and early February 2020, levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) over cities and industrial areas in Asia and Europe were lower than in the same period in 2019, by as much as 40%. Check out these images from Sentinel-5P. 

Top: Satellite images from Sentinel-5p over China, Bottom: Satellite images over New York City

Here are some more satellite images over New York City, which they explain; “Two weeks after the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 23 in the UK, NO₂ pollution in some cities fell by as much as 60% compared to the same period in 2019. NASA revealed that NO₂ pollution over New York and other major metropolitan areas in north-eastern USA was 30% lower in March 2020, compared to the monthly average from 2015 to 2019.” Jörd is finally getting to refresh her lungs, Skål! 

Unfortunately many climate experts feel this will probably not last. Forbes tells us, “Even if it were possible, it still depends on behavior changes that needed to be made pre-COVID-19 and will still need to be.” American meteorologist and climate expert, Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd– Director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program–believes things will rapidly “normalize”. 

The downward blip in carbon emissions,” writes environment journalist Beth Gardiner in Yale Environment 360, “are likely to be temporary, with emissions from driving, for example, expected to bounce back as soon as people return to workplaces. If many grow fearful of public transportation, commuting’s carbon footprint might even rise further, experts say.” Changes such as carbon-cutting shifts, already underway before COVID-19 hit, may stick, climate change specialist, Amy Myers Jaffe, at the Council on Foreign Relations told the Yale University magazine.” 

As people who honor the seasons, honor mother Jörd, honor nature, I feel it is our duty to try and uphold environmental awareness even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, we should already be doing this, but more so now because we don’t want to go backward. Spread the word to keep the environment clean after this is all over and find ways to help our original Mother out. I’m not saying I’m joyful or excited about this event, but sometimes the Gods need to show us we are at nature’s mercy, and not the other way around. In the meantime, use this time of isolation to be with your spirits and Gods, to ask for protection from this pandemic and for the healing of all those affected.

Left: Our Mother Jörd, Right: Our Lady Hela

Healing Goddesses like Eir can be sought out or the Jötun Mengloth and her handmaidens. Our Lady Hela can be prayed to as well, for she is a Goddess of not only death, but diseases and brings them down but also cures them; ask her to take those by the hand who walk The Road to Hel because of this virus, ask her to guide them with ease and peace into her hall, and ask her to spare you and your kin from this threat if you are still healthy. Many blessings to you my kin, stay healthy and stay alert! Skål!

References

  1. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-lockdowns-air-pollution/
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamarathiessen/2020/04/10/how-clean-air-cities-could-outlast-covid-19-lockdowns/#6968c14b6bb5

By Jake Kline, Feature Writer for the Hrafnarfjall Times

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