A Letter From Coronavirus

Nasa satellite images show a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which the US space agency believes is “partly related” to an economic slowdown due to the Coronavirus.

We are all talking about how bad is the Coronavirus pandemic and how much it did affect us negatively but did we think once about other creatures who were and still suffering because of our irresponsible behaviours?

Here is a message from Coronavirus to humanity:

Dear Humankind,

Thank you for being a superhost.

I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to jump to a species as abundant as you. Most viruses only get to know their original host animal. Many exist entirely in the humid understory of remote rainforest. We viruses are kept in check by healthy environments with diverse and abundant wildlife. But when you rip forest apart and capture billions of animals to feed your insatiable appetite for flesh and false cures, you bring viruses like me out of our natural quarantines. You introduce us to new hosts like you. A superhost of 8 billion individuals and counting. A walking, flying, swimming human meat market.

You make up one third of all mammals on Earth, by weight. The animals you grow to feed yourselves outweigh all the wild mammals and birds on the planet. As you drive our natural wildlife hosts to extinction, you throw us (viruses) life rafts bigger than the Titanic. Why wouldn’t I jump?

As sinister as I may seem, it is not in my interest to wipe out my hosts. We all need other life to thrive. So if this sickness in your bodies opens your eyes to the deeper sickness in our shared planet, it will be to all our benefit. But my big question to you is this: AM I ENOUGH?

If apocalyptic fires aren’t enough, if vanishing glaciers aren’t enough, if super hurricanes aren’t enough, is the cold shadow I cast across the lives of you and your loved ones enough for you to finally confront the prospect of your own extinction? 

Only you, humankind, can choose to be the cure to the deeper sickness. Only you can choose to nurture the ancient oceans, forests, and grasslands that nurture you. To bring back the chorus of birds and monkeys to silent rainforests. And to make wise choices every day in what you consume and how you live. 

By protecting nature and all its wild and wondrous forms, you protect yourselves. As the earth stops to take a collective deep breath, you have a rare opportunity to reimagine and redefine a new future.

So tell me what future do you choose?

We hope that this crisis will help us reflect on ourselves and rethink our attitudes towards nature because our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.

We hope that when the pandemic ends, we will change the world for a better place to live for all life on earth. 

The speech is from this Video:

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