Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why should we care about this planet?

Now a days we hear a lot about impact of humans on this planet. Humans are largest consumers of the natural resources of this planet. We get benefited immensely by the things p[produced by nature, we are heavily dependent on some of them like sunlight, natural gas, air, water, etc. Any living entity needs to consume at least few things from their surrounding environment to survive, if consumption is matched with regeneration of consumed stuff then life is in perfect balance. But for some reason if we cannot maintain this balance then also nature adjusts as much it can, but there is limit how much abuse it can take and when things go beyond certain limit results can be catastrophic. Because of recent developments in science and technology we have seen tremendous improvement in quality and longevity of human life, this has also resulted in increase in consumption of natural resources at unprecedented level.

We need to learn how to reduce our carbon footprints so that we can minimize harmful impact of our consumerism on our planet. There are many environmental problems like air, water and land pollution, global warming, depletion of nan-renewable natural resources, etc. They all are related with heavy use of natural and man made resources. Because of tremendous progress in the area of science and technology we have achieved many things which were considered as impossible few decades ago. This has resulted in heavy consumption of natural resources such as water, land, trees, fossil fuels etc. Instead of using these natural resources we are misusing them, nature can not take this abuse endlessly, we are seeing some early signs of warnings in the form of climate change, unpredictable weather and natural disasters. Right now, we have all the necessary technology,  necessary resources and also the required capability to address most of the issues on our planet. Never before in the history of humanity human beings were as capable as we are today.

At present this is the only planet in entire universe on which we can survive without any artificial aid. We are still trying to find proof of presence of life in other planets. Even if we find the proof of life, its very unlikely that we can find any other planet which will be as suitable as thins one for our habitat. We know the problem, we even know possible solutions and we have all the resources and capabilities to control the damage, but still why we are not doing it? What is stopping us from taking those steps? Is it that difficult? Are we so selfish that we don't want to think about well being of our future generations? It's not that we have to do huge sacrifices to control the global warming, people who don't want to stop excessive consumerism paint the picture as if global warming advocates want people to stop breathing because they emit carbon dioxide, it's not like that, small small steps can bring very effective change. Few things which everyone can do is to save electricity, limit use of vehicles (walk wherever possible, its healthy also), try to use renewable source products (like paper, bio based fuel, etc.). These are very easy steps to follow, It's not the responsibility of governments alone to ensure well being of this planet we all should contribute. If we care we must show by our actions that we really care just thinking about it or talking won't help.

Quality of our life is directly related with the health of our planet. There can not be a good life without a good planet. Currently we don't have capacity to create a new planet but we definitely can maintain and preserve the planet which we have. We are not doing any favor or some social work for others by preserving this planet, we have to do it for our own life, our own fellow beings. We all breath same air, live on same planet, if anything goes wrong with his place we all will suffer. We are able to enjoy good life because our ancestors didn't destroy the ecological system of this planet, they didn't disturb natural balance which is required for smooth functioning of our ecosystem and environment, are we doing enough to make sure that we pass on similar healthy planet to our future generation? 

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