Over the years the so-called ‘Super Powers’ and their allied forces, big multinational business houses across the globe, individual business tycoons, you, me and we all used our beloved earth to extract profit ruthlessly.
Land, sea, ocean, even space – not spared. All mentioned parts of this planet are atrociously tortured through testing and dumping Bio, Chemical and Nuclear weapons by the superpowers and allied forces. Multinational and national business houses across the globe are also using and torturing nature in the name of air, water, and land pollution. Even you, I and we often become casual and irresponsible towards this planet.
This COVID-19 pandemic has halted the human at least for 21 days to do such. Selfish pseudo civilized humans have understood that without this halt they will have perished. As a result, the other living creatures of this planet are taking a breath. Birds are chirping, plants are growing, clouds are getting less led, less poison spread from atomic and industrial chimneys, animals are freely roaming as poachers are quarantined, forests are laughing at least no deforestation will take place for the time being. Lakes, rivers, bays, seas, oceans, and mountains are breathing as civilized humans are unable to dump solid and liquid waste into them. Even deserts and glaciers are also happy as power mongers are unable to march on that for possession at least for the time being.
Reports say, almost in all cities, across the globe, pollution level has drastically decreased – clear blue sky distinctly visible, stars are becoming more and prominent over the sky, galaxies are glittering, constellations with cupids. Indeed, there is the installation of Earth. No doubt the dreaded Chinese Virus Corona has taken away many innocent lives, ransacked world economy and human civilization; almost two-third of this world worst affected. The only positive part is every worse has got some positive wonders.
Covid19 took almost 29000 lives worldwide till date, the toll may rise more. But pollution takes 5000 plus lives every day and 50000 get affected and all ultimately start their journey towards crematorium or necropolis sooner or later. All these Pollution Viruses have stopped for this pandemic resulting in to save of many living creatures of this planet including humans. This rest of Earth will rejuvenate nature and will help to pile huge natural resources that lead to the long-run benefit of the creatures living on this.
In terms of currency worth, it can be $ 1000 trillion-plus. The only sad part, we humans are cunning and atrocious, once we will recover, we will forget everything, and again start raping the planet and make its body mutilated. Again revenge is inevitable. The Tide (read nature) gives back what it gets.
By Prof. Debanjan Banerjee
The writer is an author, columnist, and HOD, Media and Communication studies at NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata (www.nshm.com), INDIA. Head Examiner, Media Science, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology www.wbut.ac.in. Visiting Professor, University of Calcutta and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. Can be reached at [email protected]