In all pretexts 2020 has been one of the worst years and there are more than a dozen reasons apart from COVID-19. The year began with the Australian bushfires that were a layover from the previous year and could only be extinguished after five months in February. This was followed by severe floods in Indonesia; volcano eruption in the Philippines; earthquakes in Turkey, Iran, Russia, Carribean, India and the Philippines; Locust swarms in India; wildfires in Uttarakhand, India; cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh; floods in Assam, India; and a lot more. The recent blast in Beirut, the massive fire accident in UAE and the omgoing unnatural monsoon patterns in Mumbai are an addition to the ever increasing list of disasters.
If anyone is to give it a thought, all these incidents are either a result of an extraordinary environmental phenomena or has affected the environment as a consequence. But there is nothing like environmental casualty that is being talked about. Human casualty is primary followed by economic losses but the environmental cost is ignored. This is why disasters are not being able to be prevented. If the root causes are studied well and precautions are taken accordingly these may not have happened at all.
Environmental casualties must be calculated and reported on so that people realise how a one minute mistake has made an irreversible change that is going to plague the planet for generations to come.
However, instead of rooting for a permanent solution countries and governments are busy pointing fingers at each other and blaming bad fate.
We are wrong if we think 2020 is the worst year. If at all, it might just be the starting of the worst possible century in the history of mankind, that is if our species somehow manages to survive the coming 100 years.