Save Our Earth
In the truth
You don’t want to admit that our precious earth
Is falling apart, It’s beautiful skirts of grass
Is dying, It’s garden of stunning plants
Is running out of air, And us,
Us, the ones who made it this way
Will one day perish into a dark hole
In a way, we are all selfish murderers
Killing the Soul, we walk upon
With our trash and disgrace, our ungratefulness
Slowly, slowly it shall fade
Slowly we shall perish
Save the earth, Save our hearts and souls
Or forever be lost
Extract from the beautiful poem by Jessica Robert, Poetess
We are living in the times when everything is available to us at our beck and call, whether we want to eat, read, talk, sing, dance, walk, jump, fly or even sleep. Technology has made it all this and more easily accessible to us at the click of a button. We consistently go on replenishing things of our daily life and most of our time, energy, money and other resources are spent on this chore.
Everything is available to us so easily and in abundance, we never think what will happen when it is not available to us. By no stretch of the imagination, we can imagine this scenario, we happily go on deploying our resources. Today everything is centred around human aspirations which are growing leaps and bounds.
Our ancestors worked really very hard to make the ends meet and accessing even basic things in life. The simplicity from life is waning. It’s all about amassing wealth and luxuries, though at the cost of earth’s natural resources. Have you ever thought that what will happen when the energy sources which make the world move start depleting?
We are already stretching many of our natural resources to their limits, and probably we are heading towards times of catastrophic squeeze of these resources…when? Can’t say, but for sure!
From stone age to highly industrial age, our planet earth has seen it all. The graduation of the human race from homo-sapience to highly evolved humans of today, earth has been gleefully fulfilling all our needs, wants and luxuries. But now the time has come to stand up and take notice that even Oil age will end long before the world runs out of oil.
Times started changing with the consistent technological advancements from the times of the Industrial Revolution in the 1850s. As our culture advanced and we invented many things to make our lives not only convenient but also luxurious, it stretched the demand for raw materials, for which mother earth is the source.
In the race for development, we have forgotten that resources such as water, air, minerals, forests, oils etc. are available in limited quantities. There is a need for conserve these of natural resources which are becoming scarce with the passage of time.
In the words of Subhajit Mukherji, Brand Ambassador, Govt. of India’s Jal Shakti Abhiyaan and famed environmentalist, who has been credited with planting over 50,000 trees in Mumbai, “Environment is the biggest treasure which we humans have inherited, hence it is our moral duty to preserve it, take care of it and love it so that our future generations inherit it or else we would face extinction like dinosaurs.”
Earlier human life was very close to nature, with the establishment of large and heavy industries after the Industrial Revolution, heavy exploitation of nature started taking place because of which earth’s natural resources came under heavy pressure. Still, no one bothered to think about it, till earth started experiencing “Climate Change”. There is a gross violation of the rules of nature, indicates IPCC’s report on climate change.
Are we leaving planet earth liveable for our future generations, questions Swedish Student Environment Activist, Greta Thunberg when she says, “Now we probably don’t even have a future anymore? Because that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money.”
The environment is being damaged in the name of development and the recent case in question is cutting of 2200 trees to make Metro Car Shed, Mumbai which invited ire of activists. Aarey is the only green lung of Mumbai and if that is disturbed, all hell will break loose in the form of climatic disturbances. Metros like Mumbai are facing environmental havoc in the form of incessant floods, untimely rains, a long spell of summers, global warming what not! But the sad part is neither the Government nor Public is bothered about this phenomenon.
It is business as usual scenario, they love their luxury cars, well-electrified homes, well – equipped offices and consistent supply of fossil fuels to run their lives. Have they ever thought that this humongous usage of fossil fuels is leading to carbon emissions which is polluting planet earth beyond measure? All of are mutely watching what is happening in our national capital, which has converted into a gas chamber.
If we think, the environment is his issue and not mine, that is not the case. Every conscious citizen must care for the environment and contribute to his / her might for its protection and preservation.
The problem is growing at alarming proportions due to over-consumption of natural resources. If this pattern of energy usage continues with overutilization of fossil fuels, the day is not far when our future generations may not inherit them. Time to think about it is NOW! Lifelike this is unimaginable, but we need to imagine.
The on-going developmental activities world over have created environment-related problems on earth as the usage exceeds the speed of their natural replenishment. Increasing pollution, global warming, industrialization and other processes have accentuated the depletion of natural resources.
“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.” —Wangari Maathai
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