Another year has gone by and another World Environmental Day is around. Despite being on the brink of an environmental catastrophe, the common man doesn’t seem to understand the magnitude of it. Most of our natural resources are in peril. Air, water, land—the quintessential basis of our existence are in a grave danger.
Even as we see scary pictures of plastic pollution, deforestation, rampant urbanisation and countless other forms of pollution everyday, what can we do to reverse the course of destruction that we have embarked upon?
Human race is known for its survival instincts. Our evolution has ensured an unparalleled intellect. In the last 100 years, we have reached new pinnacles of advancement. Unfortunately this has caused a severe strain on our environment.
One of the biggest threats looming large is plastic pollution. Plastic, when invented, was touted as a miracle material but is now one of the leading causes of pollution of land, water and air.
The world that didn’t know what plastic was just a few decades ago’ seems to be addicted to it now. Our oceans and rivers are filling with plastic at an alarming rate. Aquatic and land animals are dying in large numbers due to ingestion of plastic.
This is one of the most relevant solutions to our current problems. Refusing all kinds of single use disposables will rid our planet of thousands of tons of hazardous non-biodegradable waste.
Plastic does not degrade for thousands of years and we already have enough waste to pollute all our water bodies. We need to stop now if we wish to make any impact to the already huge crisis carrying our own water bottles, using reusable plates and cutlery. Refusing goods packed in plastic and finding alternatives to them is very important.
Sustainable life choices
All the above solutions are sustainable life choices. People are slowly realising that the life style led by our ancestors was healthy for us and the environment. We need to bring that back and reduce the load on our planet. A lot is being done in this sector. Thousands of women are shifting to sustainable means of managing menstruation and keeping away tons of hazardous, chemical filled sanitary waste from landfills. Citizen volunteers across the world are working day and night to reduce pollution in many ways. Governments are working in co-operation with one another to fight against Global warming and climate change. Each one of us has to make an effort to pitch in. Drops of water make an ocean.
Environmentalists are repeatedly warning us of impending disasters due to our callous attitude towards the well being of our planet and its resources. It is time to stop all that harms Mother Earth. The popular Cult Movie, ‘Avengers Infinity war’ passed on a subtle message. The Villain Thanos wipes out half the Earth’s population, he thinks we are too many people sucking out all resources. We are on the brink now and Mother Nature knows how to reclaim what belongs to her. We need to pay heed to the signs or it would be too late before she turns villain and takes her revenge.