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The Year Earth Changed: A Silver Lining to the 2020 Pandemic

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2020 will forever be known as the year the COVID pandemic changed everyone’s lives.  In a new Apple TV+ documentary released just in time for Earth Day, David Attenborough narrates the specific changes the Earth experienced when the majority of humans were locked down. Read on for a full “The Year Earth Changed” documentary review.

The Year Earth Changed review

Showcasing footage from around the world after an unprecedented year, “The Year Earth Changed” is a timely documentary special that takes a fresh new approach to the global lockdown and the uplifting stories that have come out of it. From hearing birdsong in deserted cities and seeing whales in Glacier Bay, to meeting capybara in suburbs across South America, people worldwide have had the chance to engage with nature like never before.

The YEaR THe EARTH CHANGED REVIEW

It’s safe to say that the pandemic of 2020 changed everything and everyone. Gone were freeways filled with traffic and beaches filled with tourists.  The majority of people stayed home to stay healthy and with the most of the Earth’s population indoors, the Earth and its animals started to change. 

For the first time ever, residents in an Indian town were able to see the Himalayas mountain range from their rooftops.  Known as having one of the worst air qualities in the world, residents of this Indian village were shocked to discover that lock down brought a full on view of the maintain range, a range that is usually hidden by smog.  In South Africa, jackass penguins began to explore their environments due to the lack of beach goers and Florida turtles had a higher nesting success when their eggs aren’t disturbed by humans.

The Year Earth Changed review

Whales are able to leave their young calfs to feed because with the lack of boat noise, they can actually hear their young while they are gone.  The scenes of the whales circling fish and then bursting upwards to feed was one of my favorite parts of the documentary. 

Sadly these changes won’t be permanent as vaccinations mean herd immunity which means people will return to their cruises, vacations and road trips.  What this documentary does do is show people of the amazing things that can happen when the Earth gets time to reset.  The documentary reminds  viewers that some of these changes could be sustainable for examples, rules that close beaches at night to give turtles exclusive access to beaches during their nesting season. 

The Year Earth Changed is currently streaming on Apple TV+.

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