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2020: The Year Our Earth Stopped

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In 1951 classic film, The Day The Earth Stood Still, there was a humanoid alien visitor named ‘Klaatu’ coming to the earth accompanied by eight-foot-tall robot alarming the human race especially halting and neutralising the essential services such as hospitals, conflagration situation and air travels. Basically bringing the world to a still. 

Despite this ironic knock-back, internet or social media power has prevailed during this lockdown booking up new business platforms like Zoom, to Microsoft Team, to Google meetings to keep the wheels turning. Unbelievable of the fact that some invisible invader would in real life bring society to a neutral standstill globally for at least a year with similar results from the 1918 Spanish flu killing and infecting approximately millions, the technical and medical advances proved a bane to tackle this COVID-19

Cleaning up our Earth

What would happen if, in a day of millions coming to the park, stadiums, university campuses and cities around the world are curbed to visit the calm, peaceful, clean, energetic areas exhibiting positive energies thus leading to the colossal drop in not only pollution but also turning down the economic platform for those feeding hand-to-mouth highlighting the impact the modern society has on the environment.

A slither of light in dark times

NASA scientists providing the satellite images revealed the historic drop in the carbon emission, revitalising the tourist hot spot views of the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years and clear waters for more aquatic life. Although the studies revealed the impact on wildlife due to climate change, COVID-19 is a big part in impacting the environment and easing the wildlife being pushed out by the human settlements by letting them close to the modern world.

A unique global security time

The 50th anniversary of the ‘Earth Day’, a unique time, is a wakeup call for the world combatting climate change and thus with a short, sweet and focused celebration, the awareness to combat climate change has skyrocketed and people are much more concerned to secure more cleaner, safer and altogether better future for all to turn things around globally before an irreversible tipping point. 

People are digitally connected by protesting online, attending virtual meetings and using hashtags such as (#Earth Day) to spark discussions. Will the planet ‘remember’ the COVID-19 crisis. The discarded personal-plastic-protective equipment (N-95) could show up as the growing mountains in the sediment layers of the waterways. Of course, if the pandemic stretched for long, the global climate change would indebted be taken care of.


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Jashan Jot Kaur
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 

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