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Save planet earth-Part II

God had blessed us with benevolent Mother Nature: magnificent mountain peaks peeping out from behind the clouds, adorned by rivulets, waterfalls and evergreen forests, the scent of the gentle breeze and soothing climate.  Everyone around the world has been uniformly blessed by God when it comes to the partake of such wonders. Let every family pledge to plant at least one tree thereby strengthening the foundation of our motherland.

Save the earth should our motto. People have started realizing the beauty of mother nature and the importance of preserving her for future generations. Nature is our oldest companion and man has always depended heavily on her for all his needs. Today, despite all the technical aspects man is becoming more and more dependent on nature. People look for food, clothing and shelter and for getting the basic requirements, they are ready to do anything. In return nature did not ask anything from man but it probably did not expect to see man fill the skies with smoke, the earth with rubbish and the water with pollutants. While pollution cannot be curbed completely, the levels of pollution can be minimised.

For rural surroundings large plants for production of bio gas should be installed to ensure continuous supply of cooking gas. Above all, human attitudes towards environmental conservation have to be emphasised and implemented. We should allot some time to take stock of the situation and plan for the betterment of the society. Plastic bags chock the drainage system. Reuse old polythene bags and refrain from burning them as they cause a lot of pollution. Do not throw poisonous wastes into dustbins especially used batteries as these wind up causing a damage to the ecosystem, instead try to dispose off the waste properly. Avoid running generator sets unnecessarily. Switch off lights and fans when not in use and avoid wastage of water. Have leaking taps fixed immediately. Close taps tightly and do not let water running waste. People often leave their taps open while brushing shaving and such a practice can cause loss of thousand litres of water a month.

Our environment comprising atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere constitutes biosphere. Whenever a change, physical or chemical occurs in the biosphere, living beings including micro-organisms get affected. This change is termed as pollution and its agents pollutants. Earlier man was in perfect wavelength with environment. With advancement of technology, this set up has been affected and led to gross depletion of non-renewable resources endangering man.

Development is vital for growth and improvement in the standard of living.  It is necessary to make the deserts green and mountains habitable. In the name of development and progress we are shamelessly plundering our forests and precious natural resources and thus disturbing our ecological balance. In the name of urbanisation, we are destroying large scale wild life habitats and depleting every available resource at a fast rate, analysing and slowly converting them into waste bins.

We have to return all that we took from Mother Nature and clean up the dirt that we swept under the carpet. We consume the river water therefore we now need to clean them up. We denuded the mountains; therefore, we need to replant trees. We put wildlife on our walls and dinning tables, we now have to cherish and protect the endangered species. Is it going to be easy? No. The solutions are known by all but they are not executed properly. And public indifference has spelt disaster. Let us save earth from dying.

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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