Save your today for a better tomorrow- the natives of our beloved planet believed unanimously. No permanent settlement, no luxury, no stable source of food, not even a safe prediction of surviving the day, but belief is what kept them going. An instilled belief that Mother Earth would get them through the day, provide them shelter with its trees, comfort them with a pleasant breeze and water bodies that never cease, drop a few fruits when they were hungry and constantly keeping them nourished with oxygen. They believed they were indebted to their environment. Belief inspired action, they did everything in their discretion to save their humble home. Trees were worshipped, water recycled with no imbalance.
Many thousand years later, trees have gone down and buildings have come up- rather fatal substitution humanity has turned a deaf ear to. Our environment is now just a mere source of resources to support our swiftly progressing industries and scientific research. Research has leaped over many boundaries and shattered many universally accepted norms with its fast paced progress. Too fast to stop for a moment and look back- a true human trait in the modern era.
Apart from selflessly showering its love upon us, the Environment plays the role of a silent mentor to our conscious, the vague echo telling us the right thing to do. If only we look closer, if only. The tree that withers and dies with age- reminding us that we are only mortal and life is limited, the water that flows rapturously- teaching us to be determined and go past the pebbles and rocks that come our way. On a collective note, nature in general- equally endowing it’s beauty on the earth with no unreasonable discrimination thus portraying the concept of impartiality.
With a dozen swift cuts from the merciless axe we bring down tree after tree to quench our thirst for luxury. Humanity needs to reflect and realize that we are drifting towards our own downfall. We are in desperate need of change and that change starts with us. Domestic methods of rainwater harvesting, cutting down on paper wastage, planting trees, prevent taps leaking- baby steps towards saving the environment which is slowly falling apart. If voicing out and creating public awareness is too far fetched, the least one can or rather should do is to put all of the above into practice at an individual level and then push the close ones to do the same. Saving our environment isn’t a service, it’s a duty. A global duty which every global citizen is obliged to carry out.
Humanity has adapted the idea that money can buy anything. Depleting levels of a resource would only mean more money to meet their luxury. They’re so blinded by luxury that they fail to see the bigger picture. One must take time off to wonder what one will do when these resources are exhausted. There’s always another way out, always an alternative. These renewable sources may not provide the same quality of the luxury cureently but further research would. Why do our household appliances not run on solar or wind energy? Why does one purchase a car running on precious petroleum that has already reached alarming levels of depletion when cars using alternative sources are already up and running in the market? Speed over all else I suppose.
From worshipping the greenery and the very air we breathe in, to depleting that same greenery and polluting that same air, how did it come to this? Is our environment broken beyond repair? Is the damage too brutal to fix? It will take a lot of sweat, but certainly fixable. We can make this reversible, but only if we want to. There’s no denying that we are deeply indebted to our silent lender. This calm lender is going to occasionally rise to rebellion and show us he means business- dry us with draughts or drown us in floods, stand and deliver shelter or fall and spark chaos, pleasant rain that cleanses our souls or defiant thunder setting our trees on fire.
We need to pay it all back, pay back everything we owe. Not just for us but also for those who are yet to come. We need to clear our debt.