Yes, as you all may be aware, today is world environment day.
But, do we have a reason to celebrate yet? Sitting-tight in front of your PC at office, all you may do today is watch and like messages that contain #envrionmentday2015 Some of you may go one step further and share how concerned you are about environment by liking and sharing issues concerning environment. While a few amongst you may go ahead and plant a tree.
Trees? Really? Is tree the solution to all environmental woes? May be or may not, who cares? Do we?
If you reflect, all that we have done growing up, was nothing but burdening our environment with our increased needs, techish affairs, trendier outlooks and choosy reckless manners.
Why Should We Care?
Everything we spent, every bit of energy, mass, or even the volume you occupy is being borrowed from nature. In return, all we do is pay a price, called money to another human being, to which it doesn’t really belongs! We don’t pay anything back to nature, and when we behave so, we are rightly exploiting our nature.
Imagine I borrowed from you X thing, and I kept promising to return you a favour and kept on pending it, each time you reminded me back. Moreover, I kept borrowing from you. This is what goons do, isn’t it? And how do you feel if they do it on you? Exploited? Plundered?
That’s exactly what we are doing to nature today. We are exploiting nature’s resources without paying back (as the amount we need is far higher than we can ever return!)
When I say paying back, I mean not just paying back your debt. It also includes paying back your forefather’s debt!
Are we, our Ancestors?
The kind of awareness about nature you have today, your forefathers weren’t exposed to and hence lacked. Although it is expected from us to behave in an eco-friendly way, we are also expected to repay this debt that we are carrying on our shoulders through generations of our lineage.
So, plant a tree with your name and plant another bearing your surname on it, as a homeage to those debts, which couldn’t be paid. We need to choose from being exploiters to conservators. Not just this, we need to pass the same culture to our coming generations by involving them, else we are sure to lose our planet, our home.
The Curious Case of Maggi:
You all may be aware about Maggi, a nestle product, being banned in five states in our country. Presence of Lead caused government officials to ban the product, as high amounts of lead is said to cause permanent health damage among children. The question is not banning Maggi, or products containing leads. Today, it is maggi, like yesterday it was coca-cola, and tomorrow it could be something else. Similiarly, today it is lead, yesterday it was pesticide, and tomorrow it could be arsenic, sulphides, nitrides or so on.
The Real Problem!
The question is, how is the contamination coming into picture. Isn’t it simply because of our water, our land, our resources are being exploited? and that now the same contamination is passing from resources used into manufacturing these products? which is showing up in the elite/expensive (and away from common man’s pocket reach) tests?
Isn’t it a good time to channelize our blame/angst from Maggi and other products towards our practices, which are causing our resources to being exploited?
Shouldn’t we start paying back to our nature, the debt that we and our forefathers have created?
Thank you for your time.