ByN Munal Meitei
Updated 26 Jul 2022, 3:35 pm
When we halt conservation and continue to exploit nature, there will be rains of scarcity on Mother Earth. Development in environmental perspectives is the modification of the biosphere and applications to improve the quality of life for human beings. Development is thus only for human beings, but not for other living beings who have equal rights with mankind. Driven by greed, humans, whose very survival is precarious, always expect nature to respond to their every need sympathetically.
No doubt, nature conservation means protecting the natural environment and use of its resources judiciously so that the needs of the present generation can be satisfied without compromising that of the future generations.
WEll, a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy society. Nature comprises everything that surrounds us. Keeping nature and its resources integral is very important for sustainable living and the continuation of life on earth. It would not be wise, if we spoil our natural environment. It will put the light off during the days of sustainable living.
Conservation of nature must, therefore, be accompanied with short and long-term economic measures. The vicious circle by which poverty causes ecological degradation which in turn leads to the breakdown in nature should not be self-defeating, but for sustainable development.
The first condition of happiness is to have a better bond between man and nature. The unsustainable relation with nature led humanity to face an incalculable number of environmental problems. Soil is a crucial life-support system, since the bulk of all food production depends on it.
Our planet Earth is what we all have in common. Forest is Mother Nature. On Earth there is no heaven, but plenty of such places in the form of natural beauties. From spring’s blooms and fall’s array of colours to winter’s magic and summer’s energy, nature has it all. The major problems in the world today are the results of the differences between how nature works and the way people think.
Cut Down on Plastics Use to Save Mother Earth
The World Nature Conservation Day is observed on July 28 every year. This year's theme is, “Cut down on Plastics use.” Plastic use across he globe has affected every part of nature, challenging all living beings. And, it take hundreds of years for single-use plastics to decay.
This day promotes conservation, encourages sustainability and awareness about protecting nature and natural resources. Saving plants and animals that are threatened with extinction is one of the primary focuses of the day. This day also stresses the need for preserving the environment and natural resources to maintain a stable and healthy society.
The Warning at Marangching
Man comes into contact with nature right from birth. Conservation of resources has an important role in protecting nature. The balance in the natural beauty of the earth can be established by preserving various components of nature – water, air, soil, energy, vegetation, minerals, flora and fauna, etc. But, nature has started giving warning signals as at Marangching in Noney district of Manipur that witnessed massive landslide disaster that claimed over 56 lives and affected 79 lives recently.
Nature is characterized by the wonderful diversity of living organisms that exist in the unique terrain of mountains, water, plateaus and forests. To ensure the well-being of the present and future, we all must be responsible in protecting and conserving our nature and to educate people about the best practices to safeguard our natural resources as the planet has it limitedly. Such gifts of nature make our earth a place worth living.
Nature conservation is the moral philosophy for protecting species from extinction, restoring habitats, enhancing ecosystem services and protecting biodiversity. Nowadays, officially more than 10 per cent of the world is legally protected in practice. Environmentalists set to protect 30 per cent of land and marine territory by 2030 but as of 2021, 16.64 per cent of land and 7.9 per cent of the oceans were protected.
Natural Resources decline by 33 per cent
A report from WWF states that since 1970, the pressure that we exert on the planet has doubled and the resources upon which we depend have declined by 33%. Thus if we continue to consume the natural resources at this trend, then mankind will require two Earths by 2030.
Human beings were sent to live on this earth by utilizing nature’s resources judiciously and our prosperity need not cost the earth. Everyone must promote environment-friendly activities in their daily life to lead a green lifestyle. Clean air and water are limited resources. The tree canopy and vegetation serve as critical filters for our air.
Wetlands that border our rivers, lakes and streams filter pollution before it reaches the human body. A rich natural environment is the key to the existence of life on the planet and for future generations. A lot of medicines are provided by nature in the form of chemicals from plants and animals, thus conserving the natural habitat and keeping our planet alive.
However, it would be wrong to conclude that conservation alobe is a sufficient response to solve all the environmental issues. Some of the steps for conservation of nature are; reducing dependence on fossil fuels to reduce carbon footprints.
We should buy need-based items, be it food or any other things. This will certainly reduce the wastage of our resources. Planting trees and increasing forest cover is the best solution for our survival and to conserve nature including climate change and global warming. Water will be the bone for a 3rd World War. Thus we should conserve water, the most precious gift of nature.
Therefore, with the coming of the World Nature Conservation Day, 2022, let's take an oath to take some changing steps to conserve nature in its purest form for the sake of Mother Earth and the future generations.
(The views expressed are personal)
First published:26 Jul 2022, 3:35 pm
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N Munal Meitei
Range Forest Officer, Kakching, Manipur