“Look over there; they are cutting more trees,” said the sparrow. “Probably they are going to make more houses over there,” said his friend the pigeon. “But why do they not understand that they are causing harm not only to nature, our fellow brothers (animals and birds) but also to themselves. One day they will destroy this beautiful Paradise because of their greed.” “You are absolutely correct, my friend”, came a voice from beneath the tree. It was the voice of the squirrel. The squirrel said, “I had just gone to the river and saw that the water has become more polluted than ever. Can we ever be fortunate to see the once green Earth? But we can only hope that they realize their mistake and take steps to save our Mother Earth, which is dying under the burden of their never-ending wants.”
Human beings, animals and the environment form an integral part of the biosphere. Nature maintains balance through its own natural processes. If human beings disturb these processes, then it creates an imbalance in nature. As time is passing, our environment is becoming weaker. We are putting more pressure on the environment than it can sustain.
This has been the story time and again….
The Changing Environment
Trees are an integral part of our environment .They regulate the amount of carbon dioxide in the environment and thus help us in controlling the greenhouse effect. But the increasing deforestation has lead to air pollution, global warming, soil erosion and many other environmental problems. The increasing levels of air pollution is leading to a variety of lung related diseases Trees are an integral part of our environment .They regulate the amount of carbon dioxide in the environment thus helping us in controlling the greenhouse effect, but the growing amount of deforestation has lead to air pollution, global warming, soil erosion and a number of other problems.
The increasing level of air pollution is leading to a variety of lung related diseases. The environment is changing…summers are becoming hotter and winters less cooler. Our environment is dying out-the increasing global warming, greenhouse effect, rising sea levels and melting of glaciers are all warnings. Nature is dying…It can no longer support man’s needs. As Mahatma Gandhi had said “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”.
This issue of saving the environment is a crucial one. There has not been any other issue in the history of man that has grabbed the attention of the whole world and united the world as one unit. Today many practices have been adopted to make our environment a sustainable one. Environment promoting programmes have been prevalent at every level:
Just like the Kyoto protocol adopted in 1997, the Montreal Protocol of 1987 or the latest Landmark climate deal.
Various laws have been passed by the Government of India like The Forest Conservation Act, 1980, Environmental Protection Act, 1986, Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 etc. to tackle the environmental hazards faced by us. But it seems that these measures are not enough. Programmes have also been carried out at regional and institutional levels.
It’s time to gear up!
However, environment saving programmes have to be started at the grass root level i.e. at the individual level. Unless an individual takes up the duty of acting for the environment, he cannot influence his neighbourhood to do so. It’s high time we realize our duties towards our environment and future generations. You can start with as small a step as minimizing the use of plastic. So pull up your socks and put on your shoes and get ready to be a change-maker.