Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Editorial

Our environment

We are all quite aware that the life on this planet is possible only as long as the conditions necessary for it are available. And the quality of life is contingent on the quality of the ingredients that are needed for the life on this planet. Unfortunately we have done everything to deteriorate the quality of life on this planet. On the one hand the progress in science and technology has made immense contributions to the quality of life. We have many diseases completely eradicated from the planet. There are many deadly diseases that have been controlled, and in case anyone is struck with those diseases we have the treatment available. Even for Covid-19, we now have multiple vaccines and vaccination process is going on across the world (although how successfully the different vaccines are will only be known later). There are also machines and methods that have been invented to trace a disease at its inception, and the disease is treated before it turns dangerous. This has made human life far more comfortable than it used to be. Similarly the revolutionary strides that mankind has made in the fields of communication, transportation, agriculture, and constructions have made life easy, secure and enjoyable. The net effect of this can be seen in the increase in average life expectancy. But, on the other hand, the elements of greed and negligence have created macro problems for us. The pollution of our water bodies is a huge problem globally. The toxins in our water bodies have dealt a huge blow to our health. The haphazard building up of concrete structures has stolen from us the natural spacing that was so essential to a joyous and healthy life. Our town and city planners never pay heed to it. The levels of pollution in the atmosphere have created serious problems at the global level. The plumes of smoke that go into the atmosphere every second have made the air that we breathe so toxic. The suffocating dust and smoke of the cities and the horrifying sight of naked hills denuded of greenery, all point to the fast deteriorating environment around us. While there is undoubted increase in the comforts and luxuries in the privacies of well maintained homes, one has to go farther and farther from human habitations to breathe in unspoiled atmosphere. The question is why we always advocate for human rights or recognition, but not recognize the rights of all biological units including those non-biological objects that are essential for maintaining biological varieties. Why are we forgetting that the nature will always maintain its equilibrium over time? The various processes which take place from time to time will happen and are likely to happen more and more under the influence of humans, the destruction they do to the environment. There is not an iota of doubt regarding this fact that maintaining quality of life is correlative to maintaining the quality of the environment. Sadly we are more concerned about ourselves. When we have to make a choice between humans and environment, preference is given to humans without giving a thought to the fact that the former can survive only by virtue of the latter. We do commit mistakes while choosing between the two. For the existence of humans, our surroundings should exist in good conditions. For instance we carve out high quality products from the forests for decoration of our houses with pride. Have we ever thought of the services of the forest – what it does to us in the natural habitat? All products of daily use that reach us undergo various manufacturing processes, all processes consume energy, natural resources as raw material resulting in the over consumption of natural resources and contamination of the environment in terms of air, water, soil, pollution and destruction etc. This is not to say that we should shun everything. No, but we should have a concern for environment and environmental resources. We are probably the wisest species on the earth. We should inculcate the values of environment in ourselves and consider our duties towards environment. We should at least try to strike a balance between the needs and the actual resources present.

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