“Patience of Earth is our life, both ends with our wrong choices.” “We do have an impact on everything else because everything is connected.” Nature reacts when we fail to understand, as it’s her duty to balance-the-unbalance.
Earth cooperates when we use resources economically with care, and not with greed and waste. It took her almost 4.6 billion years to grow and mature. However, there’s been life on it for nearly as long as 3.6 billion years.
In fact, all these years our beloved planet supported first Bacteria; later complex creatures in the sea and on land. Then finally animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each enduring millions of years, rising, flourishing and dying away—all these and more were taken cared by Earth against all odds.
Now, how are we rewarding her? Every year approximately 7 billion kilograms of plastic cups, bottles, cans, and others trash are dumped into ocean. Even in remote areas like Antarctica, researchers have found plastic bottles, bags, and sheeting washed ashore. Almost all of this trash and especially plastics persist indefinitely; can be deadly for wildlife and humanity.
Our planet is getting over exploited and polluted with every passing day. If we go on as we are, we will burn the knowledge of past for heat and food and destroy everything in the coming 100 years, which nature had been building for the past 4.6 billion years. So addressing this problem is more urgent than ever.
Deforestation is another threat to humanity and Earth’s biodiversity. It is particular destructive to tropical rainforest, which cover only 7 percent of the Earth; however, they house more than half the world’s species, according to [NASA & University of Michigan].
But, the crazies are coming out of humans who are destroying the rainforest, equivalent to the size of Panama, every year, often damaging the soil to the extent that it need hundreds of years or perhaps even more to come to its natural state.
As the habitats disappear, animals are forced to compete with one another for survival, and those who can’t go extinct. Certain species that human beings depends upon for food supply are also going extinct, if the numbers fall too low we may face extinction ourselves.
Another severe crisis through which our planet is undergoing today is non-availability of fresh clean water. Over 97% of Earth’s water is saline, unfit for drinking. More than two-third of the remainder is frozen in glaciers and icecaps which are melting at faster rate than thought before due to climate change.
To be exact leaving less than 1 percent of all water is fresh on our planet. This resides mainly in rivers, lakes and aquifers, which are polluted heavily with industrial wastes, mining and agriculture waste, sewage disposal and solid waste such as glass, cloth, plastic, wood, paper etc.
Now think for a moment can you live without pure water or fresh air? Think again? If No, there is a way out. We just need to change our old bad Habits. Habits of creating waste and littering is not something you were born with and can’t be changed, like your figure prints. In fact, because you weren’t born with it, you can with practice replace it with good habits.
For example, make a habit of finding a bin rather than leaving the rubbish on the ground, or throwing it on the floor or roadside. And yes, “don’t worry”, street cleaners and garbage collectors will still have their jobs even if we don’t litter.
Next, make a habit of planting trees every year or perhaps often to contribute to Earth ecosystem. There are many instances when man persisted to replant the barren land into woodland areas. Jadav “Molai” Payeng, man from northern India’s Assam region, who single-handedly grown a forest on 1,360 acres of barren sandbar, a refuge for wildlife.
Further, follow one child policy, which is absolutely right for a happy family in today’s scenario. Scientists say, by 2050 or so, the human population is expected to reach 9 billion. In another words adding India and China to the number of people alive today.
Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on our planet; already facing challenges of global warming, famine and over exploitation of resources today. What to speak of years to come?
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report claims that—“We are using resource and creating CO2 emission—at a rate 44 percent faster than what nature can regenerate and reabsorb.” “That means it takes the Earth just under 18 months to produce the ecological services humanity needs in 12 months.” If we continue in the same fashion, “We will require the resource of two planets to meet our demands by the early 2050s.”
People who are planning to colonize on other planets like Mars for instance are the same who have polluted and exploited the resources on Earth and now looking at Mars to do the same. This is pushing us to educate the masses about the population control, consumption control and use of alternative source of energy like solar and wind to sustain life on Earth.
However, hope is alive if we somehow stop killing the planet by changing our life style and habits, one-at-a-time, eventually the planet will heal and survive. Love for Earth must begin at home. So air your positive thoughts to your children and other members of family to develop the habits of self-control, care and concern for our planet, which lies at the heart of environmental solution.
The choice is ours… either we save our planet or face mutual end. Either we lower our consumption rate or the seas will be emptied of fish while forests which absorb CO2 emission will be destroyed completely and freshwater supplies will become scare and polluted. The choice is ours…
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