The Rural Trend and the City

And The City | Hagar Abiri

At the beginning of March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic. By then, some countries in Asia had already closed their borders, and some had implemented a quarantine. In time, other countries adopted the social distancing method to slow the spread of the virus, which seems to be the only way to prevent the virus from spreading with no vaccine or cure on the horizon.

Meanwhile, the debate regarding the qualities of rural living vs the density of the city gain momentum.

People living in the countryside posted photos of themselves enjoying the sun, while millions were quarantined in their city apartments. Developers and architects are now hunting for plots outside the city in order to be ready to respond to the demand for rural migration.

However, let’s get our facts straight first. As of today, May 11, 2020, there have been some 283,520 deaths from COVID-19.[1] At the same time, the number of people suffering from ecological-related distress may indicate that our main problem is still environmental changes and the inadequate response from humanity – which still proves to be the worst virus existing in this world. Viruses are only a symptom, an alarm we are trying to hit the snooze button on.

From January 1, 2020 until end of May 2020[2]:
About 4,578,900 people died of hunger, and about 843,350,000 were undernourished.
About 344,775 people died from water-related diseases, and about 800,764,250 had no access to safe drinking water.
About 3,362,520 people died from cancer.

Only this year, we lost about 2,130,000 hectares of forests and created about 14,802,200,000 tons (growing by the second!) of CO2 emissions.

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