Thursday, November 26, 2020

Environmental development

When it is said that injustice anywhere in the world amounts to injustice everywhere in the world, it is not just playing with words, or creating good sounding rhymes. It is what humans have learnt through experience. In a similar way crisis anywhere in the world results in crisis everywhere in the world. We have seen it how in some far off places of the world when something goes wrong – be that in politics, economy, or society – it travels, sooner or later, to all parts of the world. In the present world of economic integration, if one market experiences an upheaval the tremors are felt in the entire world. Similarly, if there is violence in any part of the world, global politics gets impacted in due course of time. Not just this, if there are crisis in the societal institutions, the effects travel far and wide, and we find people around the world talking about the problem. The point in this all is that this world is finally one place and no matter how far or near we live to each other, we are tied to each other. What happens to a people here finally grips the people there as well. So the responsibility of the global leadership is that no crisis should be allowed to grow. In this case it is better that, in the proverbial sense, the evil is nipped in the bud. In today’s world one of the major crises is the climate. The disturbances in this are causing great worry. Sometime back it would all sound just a debate between those who raised the alarm bells and those who thought it wall all a made up crises. But now as we see the changing weather patterns, and the devastation that has happened to water bodies, to the green cover, to the air quality, we realize where we are heading. So it is time that we get very serious in this and contribute our bit. In Nagaland, we are under an obligation to save our part of environment by being mindful of what we consume and how we manage our consumerist attitude. We need to have an environment friendly approach in our life, so that we save our bit, and thus contribute to the global campaign against an impending catastrophe. Development experts and environmental activists warn us that life on earth is on the brink of apocalypse unless drastic steps are not taken. The causes are global warning, climatic change, resource exploitation etc. We are on the verge of mass extinction due to greed towards material comforts. Government issues laws which turn out a mere paper work. Last time the Government ordered a ban on plastic which is a threat for terrestrial as well as aquatic life, but plastic is still used freely. So the work is not done on the ground level. The government focuses more on infrastructure development, without least considering the value of human life. On the other side, humans too are reasons for this awaited global destruction. If the catastrophe is to be avoided, we have to change ourselves, and our attitude towards nature. Nature protects humanity, but the disturbance to it will be a disturbance in the human life. The best thing to strive for the general good is to inculcate in ourselves the love towards diversity. A changed attitude may help in contributing to the benefit of humanity. Consider, for example, Nagaland. No conversation has been ensured so far. Deforestation, another threat today, is spreading rapidly here. People are cutting forests, constructing new building and many beautiful resorts have fallen prey to such practices. Our people are least concerned about the demands of the future generations. The flora and fauna are receding rapidly due to human infiltration into their habitat. The construction of roads and highways is going on in an unscientific way. The soul of this discourse is the man who is loaded with modern technology, intentionally and unintentionally he defiles the ecosystem. The order that nature had bestowed upon it is nowhere seen now; it needs to be highlighted that if ignored, posterity will have to pay the price of the destruction done to the natural environment. Eliminating pollution must be a priority just like eliminating poverty and hunger. It will not be easy, but we can’t back down from the challenge.