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Our planet Earth is the only known planet that supports life. It has its beauty, charisma, charm and dangers. Despite all the dangers and mishaps earth is the only planet that has given us the reason of our existence. But we are not grateful for what has been given us. Today almost everything is “humanized” by us. Oceans are polluted, and so is the air; not even the land is spared by us. There is climate change, global warming, acid rain are caused by us. Although there are other natural forces that affect our planet more than us, but our presence. Volcano eruptions release a large amount of Carbon dioxide— tons of CO2. And this way the damage done by us is approximately 2%... How are we responsible for the mess then? Well, we are! Through the years we have managed to live on the Earth—that proves Mandle’s theory is absolutely correct. We adjusted through time, and here we are. Things on Earth could never be so perfect had it not been for our own adjusting abilities. Whatever our capabilities are, we cannot fight the Nature. The horrible side of the nature says something to me [us]: “If you are cruel on me, I am crueler than you; I will protect myself even if it means your death.”
The horrific flood disaster in Uttarakand, India in 2013 seems to prove this. Luckily I didn’t experience the horror and torment of the disaster, yet, it was very close. If we do not care for what is given to us, we’re going to pay for this. As for the nature—in my very humble opinion—it is going to protect itself from us. And that’ll be disastrous.
On the highest mountain-- Mount Everest— there is an estimated 50 tons of rubbish made up of equipments and supplies left behind. Who did that? Most certainly not animals. We did it. There’s lots of garbage inside the oceans and the seas—we have humanized it as well, and in a bad way. Oceans are the home for billions (or more) species. What we have done to this is not only going to harm them but us as well. Each and every object and creature in the world plays an important part in our ecosystem as much we do, and affects it as much we do, and thus deserves to live as much we do. The planet isn’t harmed in just one way-there are countless ways our planet is broken. Our selfishness has led us to this path, and it still continues.
Once I read a quote, and it struck me. It says:
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars: you have a right to be here.”
No matter how beautifully it is written I feel sorry for the writer of it. To be “gentle” with ourselves we have forgotten our responsibilities and [in a sense] moral values as well. To have a comfortable life we want to have almost everything—even if it costs us our home. Uses of vehicles, natural and human resources etc. – is no more ‘use’; it’s wastage. In India the rivers are worshipped as Mothers. But the children of the mother do not realize what they have done to them. Water is the basic necessity of every individual, and they do realize this: this is their basic duty, too, to take care of the source of their survival. The water we drink today is dirty, very dirty but that’s the only thing that we can drink to ease our thirst. Earth is covered with water—70% water; but clean one is merely 2% or may be less: rest is in the oceans and they’re polluted too. This is not a comforting thought to me, really.
Scientists are too desperate to find a planet that supports life. What then? I suppose that’ll be consumed like earth is. We can change the planet not our attitude. If we do, many problems of ours will come to an end.
India’s former president, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam says: “You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.” The quote perfectly fits our situation so do the consequences.


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August 2016



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