Hello. Hello. Hello God. Are you there? We are humans calling from the earth.
Where are you? They have shut down your places: Churches, Temples, Mosques and so many other places where we could find you.
Are you under lockdown too?
Are you aware that we are under a crisis? Do you know what is happening here?
The world has transformed.
Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many human lives being lost.
As countries implement necessary quarantines and social distancing to contain the pandemic, the world is in a Great Lockdown.
For the first time since the Great Depression, both advanced economies and developing economies are in a recession.
Coronavirus has triggered a Global Recession in the first half of 2020.
As of today, the reported cases of this virus around the world are 2,227,622.
Out of 1,513,228 active cases, 1,456,862 patients are in mild condition and 56,366 are in serious condition. 150,623 people are dead.
We estimate that coronavirus could cost the Global Economy $2.7 Trillion.
Global stock markets have crashed, with falls of several percent in the world’s major indices.
While we are yet to estimate the monetary impact on the travel and trade industry, it is likely to be in the billions and still increasing.
The pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the widespread closures of schools, colleges, and universities.
In the data released by UNESCO in March, schools and universities implemented closures nationwide in 165 countries.
Besides localized closures, this affects over 1.5 billion students worldwide, accounting for 87% of enrolled learners.
The International Labor Organization has predicted a 6.7% loss of job hours globally in the second quarter, equivalent to 195 million full-time jobs.
They have also estimated that we lost 30 million jobs in the first quarter alone.
In the USA alone, jobless claims exceeded 33,483,000 as of May 2, 2020, for the last seven weeks.
God, are you still there? Are you listening?
Oh, yes. We can sense your presence.
We can feel your soft touch in the air. A cool breeze, free from all pollution.
We can see you in a bright clear blue sky. Clouds are so close to us.
Leaves and flowers are shining like silver petals with no dust over them.
Water in rivers and canals is crystal clear. Beaches were never so clean.
It is so peaceful now. Nature is at its best. We can hear the chirping of the birds again.
Earth-observing satellites have detected a significant decrease in a common air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide, which enters the atmosphere through emissions from cars, trucks, buses, and power plants.
There’s less noise from cars, buses, trains, and other transportation.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls” Mother Teresa
With less human movement, the planet has calmed: seismologists report lower vibrations from “cultural noise” than before the pandemic.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein
While our species is in temporary retreat during the lockdowns, wildlife has filled the vacuum.
Michelle Fournet, a marine ecologist at Cornell who studies acoustic environments, is hoping to position underwater microphones off the coast of Alaska and Florida, where she has studied humpback whales and other marine life, to investigate how the waters have changed in the absence of noise from cruise ships as the industry suspends operations worldwide.
Nature is taking a breath when the rest of us are holding ours.
“I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God” – Alan Hovhaness
As the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen, put it, nature is sending us a message that if we neglect the planet, we put our own wellbeing at risk.
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature” – Frank Lloyd Wright