Everyone in this world has an intimate relationship with nature. Knowingly or unknowingly we all are a part of it. But most of the time, we are not accepting this fact. That’s why we forget to remember our connection with nature. Nature is the ultimate source of life. Imagine a world without nature; no mountains, no trees, no plants, no flowers, no clouds; that would be impossible, right. Yes, such a thought is really wild. We can’t even imagine such a situation. But the way we are living now is going to take us into that stage.
We all are busy in our day to day life. We have so much to do each and every day. Meetings and busy schedules made our life a mess. Especially, the new generation that we see are almost forgotten the way that we used to live in the past. We can’t blame them because it isn’t their fault. It is the things that they see around them. Most of us don’t have the time to look around. We just need to pay attention to the silly things in nature. Try to hear the chirping of birds, look at the blooming of flowers, find out the rhythm of raindrops; each and every little thing around us. Then only we will learn to know about the value of life.
Nature is an indispensable part of life. From oxygen, we breathe till the food we eat, everything is the blessing of nature. But often, we forget its value. How many among us have planted a tree; in a month or in a year? Do we have any answers? Maybe we don’t. This is the root cause of the problem. Most of the people, still, don’t know how important nature is to us. Do you know how many trees are required to produce oxygen for one person? Well, trees release oxygen once they use energy from sunlight to make glucose from CO2 and water. Like all plants, trees conjointly use oxygen to unleash energy to power their metabolisms. Averaged over a 24-hour amount, they manufacture oxygen than they use up; otherwise, there would be no gain in growth. It takes six molecules of greenhouse gas to supply one molecule of glucose by chemical action, and 6 molecules of chemical elements are discharged as a by-product.
A glucose molecule contains 6 carbon atoms, therefore that’s the gain of 1 molecule of chemical elements for each atom of carbon added to the tree. A mature sycamore tree can be around 12m tall and weigh 2 tons, as well as the roots and leaves. If it grows by 5 per cent annually, it’ll manufacture around 100 kg of wood, of which 38 kg is carbon. Providing the relative molecular weights of chemical element and carbon, this equates to 100 kg of O2 per tree each year. A human breathes concerning 9.5 tons of air in a year, however, O2 solely makes up concerning twenty-three per cent of that air, by mass, and that we solely extract a bit over a 3rd of the o2 from every breath. That works on a complete of, concerning about 740 kg of o2 annually, which is terrible, seven or eight trees’ value.
Developments are always necessary for humans. Every human being has the urge to get things that will make their life more comfortable and easier. Yes, it is necessary, but along with these developments, we need to take care of our nature too. But some of the scientists don’t think about our nature, as they think science will take care of everything. They don’t even know how much they are harming nature by releasing harmful chemicals into the atmosphere which destroys our ecosystem. For example, once the Russians weren’t obtaining rain for weeks, therefore the scientists within the country created their own clouds and free it into the air to urge rain. However, what they didn’t apprehend the chemicals, they accustomedly built the clouds it mixed with the CO2 in the air and went up and destroyed the part of the gas that let the ultra-violets in and provides most of the population skin cancer.
Humankind has brought excessive and worst destruction on the world, on its ecosystems and on its life forms. Despite outstanding achievements, our record is disgraceful. We’ve long seen ourselves as break free and superior to nature. Consequently, money, public value and power have dominated. Unsurprisingly, we need to face the issues that threaten our existence like pollution, degradation, climatic changes, overpopulation, species extinction etc. We have allowed the false gods of materialism, instant convenience and immediate gratification, to destroy major parts of the earth. Rampant consumerism could be a more powerful force than any previous or current faith. The underlying drawback of the artificial world is that it’s engineered on the concern and human separateness. In turn, this drawback has created false ideals of money, public status and power, thereby encouraging vices and not virtues.
A tiny minority of humans currently manage what happens during this present time. Most of them are merciless, immoral and very clever. The exploitation of customers and also the earth’s resources are the name of the sport; notwithstanding the consequences. For this unscrupulous cluster to be effective, they need a vast complaint and confused population. They conjointly want a system of information and a mass media that gives a maximum of spectacle and recreation. Celebrity cultures have so emerged, within which personality has replaced character. The virtues relate to a sensible character and are mostly replaced by the vices like rudeness and egotism. The artificial world, collapsing as a result of its design on these shifting sands, should currently be remodelled on the stable foundations of affection and unity. This is often the central message and an invaluable gift from wild nature.
Life on the planet in future is at risk. Humanity has reached the point of extinction of nature itself. When such things happen, the natural products that we get like air, water, and soil are going to decline soon. Humans won’t be the sole ones to suffer in an exceedingly warming world. After all, we tend to share the world with around 9 million species of plants and animals. As ecosystems falter, species, giant and tiny can return more and more beneath strain and can get to adapt or die. When these species go extinct, then it will take many years for the earth to come into its natural diversity.
It’s not mandatory that only government is solely responsible for protecting nature. Each and everyone on this planet has an equal responsibility for the conservation of nature. There are several ways of protecting nature, some of them are as follows:
- Recycling: Always try to buy products that are easily reusable and biodegradable. Try to recycle products as much as you can.
- Reduce water consumption: Water is a scarce resource. Utilise it as per needs and avoid unnecessary wastage of water as it is one of the precious gifts of nature.
- Reduce use of electricity: Whenever work is over with power, it is better to turn off electric appliances so that both money and power can be saved.
- Plant trees: Try to plant more and more trees in your surroundings in that way we can make our planet green.
- Grow vegetables: The vegetables that we buy from markets are usually filled with lot of chemicals and pesticides which is not at all good for health. So, it is better if you grow vegetables in your own yard and try to eat more organic foods.
- Composting: In order to avoid littering, composting is better.
- Rechargeable batteries: Batteries are really dangerous for our environment, in that situation, it is better to use rechargeable batteries.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking is not only injurious to health but also to nature too. Most of the people, throw cigarettes directly into the ground instead of putting it in the dustbin which leads to littering.
- Reduce pollution: Always avoid all kinds of pollution as far as possible as it is slowly killing our nature.
- Awareness: People should be made more aware of the critical situation that our planet is encountering and must be made more responsible towards this scenario.
Conservation of nature is a real need of the hour. Even scientists have conjointly warned us regarding the mass extinction which is really close to the future. Many documentaries regarding nature shows that the resources are being wasted. Because of heating, the temperature is increasing day by day, storms and sea level is also increasing rapidly; glaciers are also melting which remain as a threat to many lives. We all are connected to these natural resources in one way or another. Our planet is facing an increasing threat from unsustainable practices and therefore the challenge before us is how we are going to prevent and conserve our nature for having sustainable development.
“Conservation is not merely a question of morality, but a question of our own survival” – Dalai Lama
Let us come together and make a small contribution to our local, national and global level efforts of conservation of nature. It is our small steps in present times that are going to make big changes in the future. Try to create a stable and productive society that will ensure the well-being of both presents as well as future generations.
#THANAL (Nature Club MIIM)