With a certain degree of idealization, we could mark 2019 as a year of environmental awakening or a year of environmental citizenship. The increasing impacts of the environmental crisis have led to mass activism and worldwide demonstrations against the lack of active approach of the political elites towards the environment, but also against the carelessness of individuals. However, this positive development has changed significantly since the beginning of 2020 as a result of the global spread of a new and imminent threat. This paper focuses on examining the essence of the environmental citizenship and analyses its rapid rise over the last year, accompanied by a significant shift in environmental responsibility acceptance. Consequently, it analyses how the manifestations of the newly and massively acquired sense of responsibility for the planet and the lives of future generations have changed with the emergence of the global pandemic crisis threat, and how these changes and the minimization of human interactions with the environment were manifested on it. The findings lead us to confirmation of the considerations that the most effective changes in favour of the environment lead through the min-imizing of human impact on it – through the retreat.