We have been awestruck, dumbfounded, and scared by the way a “simple” virus was assaulting the human race, which first broke out in Wuhan, a city in Hubei province of China, in December 2019.
It’s been reported that the majority of the cities which were attacked first by a coronavirus, were situated close to the equatorial line. It has spread everywhere in the globe.
Iran reported its first case of novel coronavirus on February 19. Three days afterward, Italy reported its first case on February 22. Then, South Korea was having its biggest spike.
In the previous four weeks, the virus has spread to more than 180 countries and territories and has claimed over 70,000 lives.
Spain reported over 13,000 deaths, while New York has been announced as having the greatest amount of coronavirus infection in the United States. As of April 7, the USA listed 10, 943 deaths from coronavirus, of which 4,758 occurred in New York.
Many theories, remedies, and cures have circulated on social networking platforms because of the coronavirus outbreak. Some even went as far as inventing alternate therapy for the pandemic.
People around the world created platforms for many spiritual ‘duas’ in different parts of the world. I’m all for it and have participated in some of these prayer ceremonies.
What baffles me, is that for several years environmentalists have been warning the people that they (humans) are overdoing everything: abuse of the natural trees, water, air pollution, all have influenced our mother earth, which is being ruined more and more every year.
I could give different information, but I think everybody knows of all those. When Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gave her first speech about saving the environment, distinct quarters came up with conspiracy theories to prove that she was set up by some corporations.
Nobody took notice the mother nature was screaming along with her lungs telling us that she was suffocating, and needed to heal. Humans like Greta were granted voices on behalf of her.
It is not only Greta, many more like her in various parts of the planet have been attempting to point at things we had been doing were not correct, and when we wanted to survive, our ways must be shifted.
A few weeks ago, Greta cautioned the need for saving the Earth. She said that she might have been affected by coronavirus somewhat, but because Sweden only examines the severe cases, she has not yet been examined.
She called upon all to save Earth and stated”We have to fight the climate crisis and the pandemic simultaneously.”
We failed to slow down the carbon emission after the iceberg of Antarctica pumped at an alarming speedy pace, resulting in the sea levels rising. Additionally, the ice in the Arctic region has also been melting at a very alarming rate since 2016.
But the world leaders didn’t do much.
In 2019, Australia saw the worst bushfire listed in years, which ruined over 12 million hectares of land. Canada and the USA have experienced bushfires often too.
The picture from our neck of the woods is somewhat grimmer. In Bangladesh, we neglected to rescue our rivers and canals, anybody who has tried to go on a river cruise around Buriganga understands it.
The pitch-dark water provides out a stench, which is sufficient to suffocate anyone nearby. However, we endure the odor and hold our breaths till we go to some part where the water gets clearer.
The majority of us forget about the pitch-black water after we’ve returned from a joyous excursion and of course posted some nice photos on the societal media.
However, there are nonetheless some rivers such as Surma in Sunamganj, along with also the haors, who are fresh and clean, but with the growing number of traffic in those places along with the surge of garbage dumping, it will become polluted.
Additionally, our sandy seashores are now filled with plastic bags and other waste materials.
Pieces of plastic bottles clean off to the coast come floating together with the waves. Volunteers and cleaners are picking bags, trash cans and other waste dumped on the shores.
What I am saying is that it isn’t sufficient unless every one of us makes a conscious selection of not throwing trash on the beach and the water.
News of animals leaving their refuge and walking around the localities have been broadcasted by some television channels. According to one news report, there’s been a fall in seismic sound, the hum of vibrations on the planet’s crust, due to less motion of vehicles and shutting down of factories.
While this is harmful to the world market, one must realize that mother nature had been providing signs of not being able to take all of the frenzied movement by its inhabitants, destroying its natural resources, for quite a while.
Thus, who understands the virus that is obstructing our tracheal system, would be just to demonstrate what the mom character feels when we were trying to suffocate her.
Some environmentalists said when the epidemic subsides, we may observe multinationals and international economies pacing to get a quicker recovery, hence it might produce more greenhouse gases than before in a short time.
Many countries will not be able to keep up with the Paris agreement pledges to reduce carbon emissions. Even after that, for now, the mother earth is healing its wounds, decreasing its scars, it is breathing.
Let it heal and let us understand the lesson of never damaging it since we did previously. Surely we can. We have to.