These days we find almost every men, women or child talking about sustainability (and in good spirits) which I must emphasis is often quite encouraging.
Thoughts, such as – living in a forest, restoring species, conserving forests and planting trees are overwhelmingly being accepted as motivational concepts among today’s youths. Everyone likes to think green.
We like thinking about (in fact, we enjoy thinking about) a planet so green, so clean and so young, We like to see ourselves as green crusaders, as the change-maker, as a small vehicle of development towards what needs to be right, what needs to be just. We all agree to that we all have potent, we all know this, we all can make the change, and most above we all want the change.
After these fleeting two-minutes of pleasure-some thoughts sublime, we are left with a world full of pollution, full of insecurity, full of urbanization, and full of power-drenched needs.
Then, soon, our consciousness begins to drift, as we see beggars around, as we see surging crowd of humans bludgeoning across narrow lanes, we smell tar, we gait over concretes, we breath toxins, we eat glucose and fats, we drink marinated drinks. Most above, we see a world that consumes far less than it wastes, and yet a side of us keeps yearning for a world, so green, so clean, so peaceful, so beautifully ours.
So what the heck is wrong?
So what the heck is wrong? The thoughts we dream, or the way we dream our thoughts, or the way we are?
Are you telling me that you are going to change your lifestyle habits and forsake your pleasures borne as gift of rapid urbanization to lead a life in a hermit as a sage? Are you dreaming, that a change would come, after you grow old, as an escape into greenery? Are you getting delusionally satisfied with the wallpapers you change on your PC, for a land that doesn’t exists, yet alone but as abstract?
There is no solution.
Let’s face it. The only way to break this jinx is acceptance.
The damage is done. There is no going back now. The only way ahead, is finding ways to live with what we have done, to live with what has accepted us as well as living with least harm towards elements of nature that have accepted us the way we are.
Lets make concrete our home. Let’s not desire what can be undone. Let’s talk about living sustainably with biodiversity around us, who has evolved to accept us as we are. Let’s start by showing care towards what has survived so far with us, so long. Let’s give a pause to talking about conserving biodiversities and reclaiming lost forests, and start talking about “Urban biodiversity” and what we can do to move ahead with it.
Sustainability teaches us to use resources as needful and to use it as long as we can and to share it in harmony with others. Urban models supporting Urban biodiversity are most sustainable than conserving biodiversity or restoration of forest landscape models.
Let’s understand to care for nature, that we see around, no matter how bad, than fantasize theoretical solutions for a nature that doesn’t exist, except for as wallpapers on your screen!
What to do is all up to you, who the heck am I to suggest, or even advise you. I am like you, I am the sufferer like you, and I am the reaper like you.
So, Let’s accept and start finding ways to live in harmony with what exists around, by caring and sharing a moment for them, with them.