EARTH,THE ONE COMMON HOME
God has created this universe in such a way as to ensure interconnectedness and interdependence among its creations. By protecting the habitat of other species of God’s creation, they will not enter the human habitations for their food and shelter. Biodiversity acts as a protective layer to prevent the spread of diseases from animals to humans. A healthy ecosystem, where our guests, the birds, and mammals, live together in total harmony, will provide us a better environment, with no room for the spread of diseases. It is high time that we re-set the lost equation among the living beings and bring back the diseased earth back to its state of harmony and peace.
LOCKDOWN UNLOCKED THE FREEDOM OF NATURE
The health disaster posed by the Coronavirus is connected to the extinction of species and climate change. Environmental degradation due to human interactions with nature is on the rise during the last few years. The increasing degradation of the production base and the imbalance in the land-water-plant-human-animal system is leading to ecological imbalance and economic insecurity. At least a few days during lockdown is a great chance for nature. The ecosystem started flourishing with the lockdown announced by the Government of India. There is a drastic reduction in vehicular emissions, the industrial operations have grounded to a halt, with no human interactions to spoil nature, and a resultant improvement in the air quality. The air is much healthier than before. CNN reported that the 1.3 billion people to a near halt has provided a temporary remedy to the suffocating pollution levels. Main cities are recording much lower levels of nitrogen dioxide and harmful microscopic particulate matter PM2.5. The normal level of PM2.5 is 60 microgram cubic meter. When the level of PM2.5 increases, it penetrates deeply into our lungs leading to breathing problems, cough, asthma, burning sensation in the eyes, etc. While the pollution level is improving, it also helps in improving the ozone layer which protects the earth from harmful radiation. Birds and butterflies started enjoying their life as the human disturbance is reduced. This is a great realization for us to take care of all species of God’s creation. The earth is not just for human beings alone, but for others as well, and hence protecting the rights of Mother Nature is a critical health imperative.
JANTHA CURFEW ON THE EARTH DAY
In the dark clouds of coronavirus, the quarantine, and the lockdown, let us see the silver lining that nature has thrived as humans retreat. This is also a strong reminder that unless we take care to give nature its due rightful space, nature would resort to extreme steps in reclaiming its space and to re-set the balance. While it is painful to accept reality, let us commit to periodically reminded of our responsibility towards Mother Earth and the planet. The right time for this would be Earth Day. It would be most appropriate to declare Janatha Curfew on every April 22nd, the Earth Day, a day when we shut down all human activity, a day free of vehicular movements and industrial production as a sign of our respectful salute to nature, a day to appreciate the old values and simpler things in life, a day to enjoy the silence and clean air, and a day to declare our solidarity with all living creatures, respecting their right for co-habitation and co-existence with us humans.
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