It had a been a long day for me. As I head home in the bus, I notice a series of natural wave patterns created by the sand being dragged by the hot summer wind on the jet black tar road. It was a wonderful sight, to see how these art forms were being created – Nature at work.
Suddenly, the pattern is disrupted by a speeding car. The beautiful patterns, now converted to dust smoking in the air and I start to believe, that is what humans are – born to disrupt the nature’s way of working.
The human vermins, and their ever inflating desire to be lords of their own world, had never paid any heed or even respect the very nature where they breed or on which they are depended on. In the name of modernization, they have been ravaging the earth for years, scavenging on every useful material that is available to fulfill their desires of domination.
The result – the crisis of global warming seems to be on a rise. For example, India has seen a spike of 0.6 degrees in the last 110 years. Not only that, the previous decade (2001 to 2010) was supposed to be the warmest when compared to the last four or five decades. The death toll due to the abnormal high heat waves was estimated to be over two thousand across the country. These statistics are alarming and this is just one country. What about the rest of the world?
We have heard much about melting glaciers in the Arctic and Antartic circles. A recent news injected fresh fears, stating that the melting ice could expose (so far) dormant viruses into the waters. These ancient viruses, which were thought to be eradicated over a million years ago could now spread across the world in a matter of time. We talk proudly about our achievements and advancements in science. Well, is our science prepared to counter such a sudden pandemic attack?
These are just a few references of (mostly man-made) calamities and we know there are many more. I cannot blame humans entirely for their modernization. We have created wonders for the benefit of the world. When I say ‘man-made’, I would also like to bring forth a wonderful creation by man, the fantastic 48 mile waterway that interlinks the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, which is called the Panama Canal.
So, if we can create something as beneficial as the Panama Canal, we should also focus our creations to conserve the nature, for our future generations.
Just look around us and the diminishing natural wonders. If we do not preserve them today, there would be hardly anything for our future generations to witness and enjoy.
One such natural wonder is the Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria. It is just another beautiful park, but what enhances its beauty is something you could never imagine. Every year, the ice from the Karst mountains melts and the water submerges the park to form a beautiful lake. You could actually dive and see the underwater landscape. Walkways, bridge and even a bench could be seen in the crystal clear water.
All these could just vanish, if we do not handle the nature with care. Maybe we are more used to the catastrophic instance of being submerged under water. Well, lets us not allow that to happen.
Let us remember that nature has to be preserved with extreme care, as if it were a box of items made of glass. If we have plans for our survival, then, nature has to be nurtured with care and caution.
It is heartening to see what is being done at various levels now. Governments and other organizations are taking initiatives to encourage people to plant saplings in their surroundings. It is a good initiative, and if one locality takes the first step, it is likely that the same will infiltrate into other localities and maybe we could have a greener environment after all.
Rivers considered almost dead are being revived. For example, Art of Living’s (AOL) initiative ‘Jal Jagruthi Abhyan’ has successfully helped revive two rivers in the state of Maharashtra, with the help of volunteers and the support of villagers.
These are noble examples of how we could together contribute to the nature, to uplift it and then, to preserve it.
Let us not just say that the Earth is a better place without humans. Maybe we can disprove it and instill faith to fulfill our dreams of a greener, cleaner Earth and preserve the many wonders for our future generations to see.