GUWAHATI, April 8 - As the global outbreak of COVID-19 has once again exposed the limitations of human beings, and the need for respecting Nature and controlling pollution is being globally felt, a concerned citizen of the State has attracted the attention of the United Nations with an appeal for a weeklong annual global lockdown as a goodwill gesture towards Nature.
Poet-journalist Kushal Dutta working with the Dainik Asam, has written to the UN Secretary Antonio Guterres urging the UN to make a call for a weeklong global lockdown, preferably in the first week of every year both as a breather to the planet, and also as a homage to those who lost their lives due to the present crisis.
�As the entire humanity shares the same fate today, the world has to come to a consensus to save the planet. I have written to the United Nations to include a call for a minimum weeklong lockdown to improve the global environment which would ensure a better life for us,� Dutta stated.
�The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) took a heavy toll on the world. As speculations grow, the count will soon cross the hundred thousand mark. It goes without saying that we are heart-struck at this hour. But at the same time, we cannot help but recognise that it made us confront the paramount truths�we now realise that humans have no greater command than Nature. We are also enthused with hopes as the pollution rate displays a steady decline now,� the appeal read.
Dutta has also received a reply from the public inquiries segment of the Department of Global Communications of the United Nations Headquarters. The reply, made on behalf of the Secretary General, has stated that the contents and concerns raised through the appeal have been carefully noted by the global body.