Written by: Joseph Tumwesigye

There’s an analogy about the toxic relationship humanity has with mother earth that has, for a long time, got me thinking about how we treat this little blue marble we call home. Someone somewhere who I am too lazy to google put this process in a language we all understand and it was revealing of the nature of humanity.

Take mother earth as the human body. What human beings are to her is disease-causing germs and boy do we impress in this area. Our activities like deforestation, industrialization, feeding make this planet ill. And, what exactly happens when you get ill? You get a fever, and that is exactly what happens with the earth. She gets fevers.

Before we go further you need to understand what exactly a fever is. That uncomfortable feeling is actually for your own good (mostly. It can also kill you). Fevers are simply the body’s immune
system kicking in to fight the disease-causing germs. At this point your body is trying to create conditions that can kill the germs.

When Terra gets a fever, her immune system that I’d like to call “Mother nature” kicks in and we, the germs, pay a heavy price for it. Think mudslides, famine, floods and disease. Yeah, mother nature is a b*&tch. Infact one of my favorite movie quotes is in honor of this goddess.

“Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one’s better, more creative. And, like all serial killers, she can’t help the urge to get caught. What good are all those brilliant crimes if nobody takes the credit?” the tragic character, Fassbach says in World War Z.

At various points in history, something massive has happened that has greatly impacted humanity and more than often, it was as a result of human activities.

I believe COVID-19 is mother nature’s current mood swing. Scratch that, 2020 is mother nature’s current mood swing. The COVID-19 monstrosity and ease at which it spreads together
with explosions, riots, floods and extreme poverty among others is clearly the work of a planet sick to the core.

Think about it. Humanity’s continued bad activities like settling in wetlands have drawbacks like floods. Massive populations cause sanitation emergencies that can later lead to disease. Those
same massive populations make a virus like COVID-19 spread easily. Deforestation causes changes in weather patterns that over a long period of time can be disastrous. And don’t get me
started with toxic emissions. On top of them killing our bodies with cancers and all, they destroy earth’s ozone layer which protects us from ultraviolet radiation from the sun. We can’t exist in our current comfort without it. Without a doubt, humanity will win the fight against 2020. COVID-19 will become history that
those who survived will tell stories about. But, what becomes of humanity’s attitude towards protecting itself and the planet it lives on? Like many other tragedies that have happened before, we will not learn the lesson and will continue with the process of defiling and abusing the ball of dirt that supports our existence. We have evolved to the point where reverting to safer more sustainable solutions is hard.

But, why do we have to revert? Our livelihoods can stay the way they are. We simply have to find alternatives to how we live life. For example, we need fast and reliable transport so why not
embrace electric cars and trains over fossil fuel options? Why not use birth control options to manage the growing populations? Why not replace the trees we cut down?

The answers to these questions will shock you. But the common underlying factor will simply be selfishness. There are people who cannot let go of businesses that facilitate the destruction of
the planet.

We are selfish and therefore do not deserve this planet.

Leah Grace Oketcho, is a highly talented Communication specialist, gifted in leadership with over 3 years of leadership and management experience at different levels. She is a team player and has demonstrated ability in mobilizing and organizing others to achieve desired goals. Oketcho is well vast in the art of creating alternatives for ways to get results. She has over the years grown in the art of corporate communications and also participated in the development of performance management materials for various professional institutions. Leah received training in research, scripting, international relations, and data analysis as well as public relations. She is passionate about solving public health related problems. She has offered training to youth in oral and written communication, people management and mentoring, editing and documentation skills, public speaking.

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