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Was the Year 2020 a Devastating one?
January 1st, the year 2020, marked the beginning of a brand-new decade, which many regarded with hope and as a chance for a new occupancy on life.
But as the summer year 2020 progresses, many wonders if it gets worse this year:
Following a series of wildfires
- plane crashes in Iran and Pakistan
- the death of basketball star Kobe Bryant
- civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd
- the deadly explosion in Beirut, and
- numerous natural disasters, all under a cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A lot of bad events began the year. Bushfires ravaged Australia with apocalyptic scenes, followed shortly by the Iranian regime shooting down the Ukrainian airliner PS752, killing all 176 people on board, during a sequence of escalations that almost took Iran and the United States to war.
However, these incidents were eclipsed in January when the coronavirus pandemic continued to sweep the nation-destroying chaos and kill more than 400 million people in the middle of February.
Bye Bye Year 2020 with sad memories
The year 2020 will always be remembered because of the bad happenings this year. This year is one that is sure to go down in the history books.
A global pandemic, renewed media attention to racism and racial conflict, and a politically unpopular election mark our national memories.
Pakistan Plane Crash in the Year 2020
Pakistan International Airlines crashed into houses in Karachi on May 22, killing 97 people.
Miraculously, two passengers survived the collision. Airbus has started an investigation into the unusual conduct of the aircraft around take-off, the latest fatal plane crash in Pakistan’s long history of aviation accidents.
Australian bush-fire in the year 2020
The Australian bush fire season 2019-2020, known as the Black Summer, started with many extreme and unregulated fires in June 2019, primarily in the southeast of the country.
Since then, the fires that peaked in December and January have been contained and trample.
Over half of all Australians are directly impacted by the bushfire crisis, including millions whose wellbeing has been affected.
Since around 9 March, fires, unprecedented in length and severity for Australia, burned an estimated 18,6 million hectares, damaged more than 5,900 buildings, and killed at least 34 people.
Fortunately, smoke emissions that engulfed the southeast of the country during the bush fire may have killed more than 400 people, according to an estimate reported in the Australian Medical Journal.
Death of Kobe Bryant
The local media announced that Bryant and his fellow passengers were on their way to the sports academy in the nearby town of Thousand Oaks, California, where he was to coach his daughter’s basketball team in a youth tournament.
The killing of George Floyd
It’s hard not to be shocked to watch the footage of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck as he gasps for his life and eventually loses it.
No one should ever be exposed to such gratuitous abuse. George Floyd’s cruel and futile death, and the litany of black lives that had been lost before, reaffirm our commitment to fighting these injustices.
Beirut Bombast year 2020
The Beirut port blast on 4 August tore a city to shreds and re-opened old wounds for a vulnerable society still facing civil strife, an acute socio-economic crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The explosion destroyed more than 178 citizens, left more than 6,500 wounded, 300,000 displaced and partially destroyed critical healthcare facilities and food and medicine.
The New Virus in the United Kingdom
A new strain of coronavirus spreads rapidly in England and raises international alarms. This latest version now accounts for more than 60% of the cases in London. And scientists claim that the strain is potentially more infectious than the previous variants of the virus.
Health officials have closed their international travel to the United Kingdom. Most of the country has been closed up by the British Government.
Scientists all over the world are rushing to see how the virus has mutated and how great a threat the new version presents.
Locusts started floating in Southeast Asia.
Tens of thousands of locusts have been swarming through parts of East Africa and South Asia in the worst infestation for a quarter of a century, threatening the availability of food to tens of millions.
The Food and Agricultural Organization said that locusts might affect the food security of 25 million people.
Big-sized locusts’ swarms of feared pests wreaked havoc as they landed on crops and pastures, devouring everything in a matter of hours.
The magnitude of the locust epidemic, which has affected seven East African countries, has been like none in recent memory.
The year 2020 is a lesson to learn.
I think the year was an invaluable lesson. The UN critics point out that decreased marine activity has helped oceans rebound from overfishing and the impact of climate change.
We have discovered that working remotely is possible without impacting productivity.
As per a survey conducted by Gartner, 74 percent of CFOs intend to switch permanently from work to home.
The year has forced us to understand the difference between need and privilege. In a state of lockdown, the environment has spent more time with the family.
Being confined at home, people thought of ways to keep their sanity intact, and so their enthusiasm boomed old hobbies turned into new passions.
Old guitars were dusted and tuned, and paintings begun years ago were completely done.
The pandemic has shown us how susceptible we are to new viruses, how easily they can spread, and how difficult it has been to isolate the virus and limit its spread.
The world in which we live is truly globalized, and we are so interconnected through towns, regions, countries, and continents.
At a time when liberalization has gained support in countries across the world, we are reminded that we need each other more than ever before – we can’t stand alone.
Let’s Hope for The Best
Most have never seen anything like this in our lifetime. And we hope we don’t need to do it again. But in the most difficult times come insights, learning, optimism, and appreciation for the generosity of others.
And, as we get to the end of the year 2020, things are still, luckily, starting to look at some vaccinations on the horizon, which provides hope for a new beginning in 2021, with hope for stability – physically, socially, and economically.
For most of us, 2020 was one of the most difficult years of our careers. Let’s capitalize on these challenges by recognising what we’ve learned, recording, sharing, and planning for development.
These five easy steps will provide insight and trust that we need to move through what is likely to remain a difficult environment by 2021.
Let’s have 2020 a year to recall.