People Are Dunking On Eco-Fascists Who Think “We Are The Virus And Coronavirus Is The Cure”
"People saying shit like 'woah dude, what if like coronavirus is the cure we are the real virus' should cure themselves."
A little over a week ago, images of unusually clear canals across Italy went viral.
The photos showed fish swimming around the usually murky waters of the Venice canals with swans floating around the surface. Similarly in Sardinia, Italy, people shared videos of dolphins allegedly returning to the ocean as a result of the reduced boat traffic.
People quickly called this return of wildlife an “unexpected side effect of the pandemic” with some even going so far to claim that humans are the virus, and coronavirus is the cure.
we are the virus and corona is the vaccine IF U THINK ABOUT IT https://t.co/XhgNLxKWjr
— nisha💥 (@nishapillzz) March 17, 2020
nature has spoken: WE are the virus https://t.co/CFIeSNz6jy
— Nou Bwè Kleren. Nou Dur. 🇭🇹 (@NeutralJing) March 18, 2020
After the footage went viral, the Venice mayor’s office explained that the clear canals weren’t a result of an improved water quality at all.
Crediting the reduced boat traffic that normally brings the sediment to the top of the water, the fish that have magically “returned” to the canals were actually always present in the waterway.
Despite this, the idea that coronavirus was giving nature time to “heal” from the virus that is humans continued to spread online. Instances of reduced air pollution from less traffic, clearer waters thanks to less movement and the unexpected “return” of wild animals has convinced some that coronavirus is “Earth’s vaccine.”
Wow… Earth is recovering
– Air pollution is slowing down
– Water pollution is clearing up
– Natural wildlife returning home
Coronavirus is Earth’s vaccine
We’re the virus
— Tom (@ThomasSchuIz) March 17, 2020
But what these people fail to realise is that these statements support eco-fascism — the idea that individuals should sacrifice themselves for the greater good of nature. The reason that nature has been able to blossom, in the days since coronavirus lockdowns, is as a direct result of reduced activity by corporations, not the actions of individuals.
The fact remains that just 100 companies across the globe are responsible for 71% of the world’s green house gas emissions. So without any significant changes in the way these companies operate, there will be no noticeable change or “cure” to the current state of the environment.
As a result, people online are taking the piss out of eco-fascists and their blanket statements about how nature is finally “healing” from the “virus” of humans.
A popular meme to come out of the “we are the virus” narrative is people highlighting the companies who have products in places that don’t belong. For example, the alarming number of Lime Scooters and oBikes that are scattered throughout rivers, lakes and oceans across the globe.
with everyone on lockdown, the lime scooters are finally returning to the river. nature is healing, we are the virus. pic.twitter.com/I0IbCfiMnj
— ronnie mcdonnie (@taladorei) March 26, 2020
With the lockdown causing a drop in pollution, the world is beginning to heal. Obikes have returned to the Yarra 💚 pic.twitter.com/4Y49fNY3IY
— Hamish Taylor (@HamishTaylor31) March 26, 2020
People have also mocked the “wildlife is starting to return” idea by photoshopping wild animals into places they don’t belong. Or perhaps, places they would belong if we hadn’t infected the world with human existence.
I wanted to go to the bathroom and found this. Nature claims its place. We are the virus, the earth is healing 😌 pic.twitter.com/UORZ7GCF2t
— Garrett/GGTTW (@GifDadsPad) March 24, 2020
Just been for a walk around Hartlepool and took these photos. Look closely. The wildlife is starting to return. The Earth is starting to heal. Maybe WE are the virus 💔😔 pic.twitter.com/GidzKEVKQU
— Alex Horton (@hortonhearsa_) March 22, 2020
The effects of recent events and reduced traffic on the Yarra is so much that Liopleurodons have actually come back from the Late Jurassic period to swim. Stunning.#Melbourne pic.twitter.com/IKWymtEIkN
— xen 🏖️ (@xenzor1) March 24, 2020
But most of all, people just could help but poke fun at the generally baffling idea that we, and not giant corporations, are responsible for the nature’s problems.
ever since we ran out of toilet paper and started shitting out the window we've used the plunger way less, and the toilet water is crystal clear. We are the virus, corona is the cure
— derek (@eedrk) March 26, 2020
with everyone in quarantine, the waters are getting clearer. soon, many fish will return to the area. nature is healing pic.twitter.com/0gNzw1Yev2
— jonny sun (@jonnysun) March 26, 2020
People saying shit like "woah dude what if like coronavirus is the cure we are the real virus" should cure themselves.
— Justin Whang 🐙 (@JustinWhang) March 18, 2020