Very warm regards to everyone on the ‘World Earth Day’!
On the very note, let’s talk about how to protect it.
Can we assure any of the plants and animals around us that we are trying our best to keep this Earth intact?
The previous commentaries I have made in this series attract our attention to one fact, that ‘we can bring the change’. Let us assume we are now practicing all of it, be it our consumer habits, our harnessing of renewable energy, and our sense of awareness & empathy for other species. Would that be enough to keep Earth’s temperature below 2ᵒ Celsius by the end of this century? The answer lies in our efforts.
Not just by reducing our greed for fossil fuels, we can also work around by contributing to a parallel approach, known as Adaptation. Adaptation is not just a tool. Rather, it’s a set of tools which we are going to use if we intend to survive the worst.
Charles Darwin is the best person I can quote here, as he once said that ‘the most adaptable ones shape the future of any species’.
But there’s a problem! Humans are nowadays keeping their children as far from nature as they can. If your younger one doesn’t know about any living beings other than a dog or a cat, how can he develop a sense of empathy towards that species? You have to connect your little friends with nature and make them aware of nature and its problems in the form of stories. A developing mind learns far quicker than adults’ and has a better association with the unique approaches to combat it. You can observe small kids and their understanding of the world. It’s as straightforward as it needs to be. Teach your children to respect the environment, treat other species as equals, never to waste natural resources such as clean water, food, and air. Make them learn how to give anything back to Earth when we are taking from it. Merely paying currency bills for the resources won’t change anything, as we are only paying the fee to support the system from which we are being supplied with the resources. If we are uprooting a tree, we have to plant it back in higher numbers. We can teach our children about eco-tourism, where we are cleaning a tourism spot which has been littered already.
There are so many things we can teach them, like eating only when necessary and using only the utmost important things and objects in daily life. We can teach them how to recycle junk, how to reuse water for other purposes, how to use organic waste as manure for indoor plants. We can teach them how to give it back to the Earth when it is providing us everything without a cost.
Two acts in our history are narrated well enough, as to why Earth matters.
Our country has seen various revolutionary movements aimed at conservation/protection of nature. One such was led by Amrita Devi Bishnoi (in Rajasthan), where she lost her life for the cause of Wildlife. In this movement, along with Amrita Devi, her children, and 363 people (in total) from the Bishnoi community sacrificed their lives in 1730 AD. All this sacrifice was aimed at protecting Khejri (Prosopis Cineraria) trees from being cut in a village in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This was the first-of-its-kind Chipko movement in India, where the people hugged trees, offering their lives in this supreme sacrifice.
This was replicated by Chandi Prasad Bhatt (leader of the 20th Century Chipko movement) in Uttarakhand, in the year 1973. Came another Chipko movement, an act of embracing trees, in order to protect them from being chopped down in the name of timber collection and urbanization of the village. The village women came in large numbers, supporting Bhatt in this movement. This time, there was no bloodshed, and the villagers succeeded in protecting their wildlife, which is their lifeline indeed.
There is a huge list of people who have worked for Earth and even have lost their lives in doing so. We are highly indebted to them, and their efforts make us understand the value these Earthly resources hold.
Can we really afford exploitation of resources which are meant to be used for generations which haven’t seen the Earth yet?
Ajay is currently working as a consultant at Climate Connect Technologies Limited. He is an M.Sc in Environmental Sciences. An avid practitioner of Eco-friendly lifestyle himself, he likes to advocate the same to the masses.