Nikhil nayak


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“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.” Keeping this philosophy into account how can we make sustainable development in the world

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  1. 1. “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.” Only the other day, a snake had wandered into own half of the residence. Some "kindhearts" noticed it and, as is typically
  2. 2. seen in urban India, security was called and the creature was beaten to death and it's battered body disposed of. "Just one petty snake" you may snicker, but in my eyes, the incident just reflects the stigma in our society against God's other creations. Animals do not attack unless provoked, and if the snake had been left on its own, it would have simply gone it's own way and a mess could have been avoided. But no! Anything that moves but is not beneficial to us? Kill it. Same goes for the flora we have. We are hacking and shooting our way to a very lonely future. It is very hard to imagine a scenario where a kid sees an elephant only in pictures and taxidermistic collections in the museum, but statistics seem to be conforming to this happening in the not-so-distant future. Each day we lose a good-sized chunk of our rainforests and many thousands of animals. And with every passing season, we can feel the effects of global warming in terms of harsher weather conditions, devastating flash floods and droughts in unlikely places and a rise in sea level. We seem to be trying to make sure that no life can exist on this beautiful blue planet. On the whole, we are treating it as though it is our birthright and we can do whatever we please with it. We'll live for today and worry about tomorrow when it comes. The only problem here is that tomorrow is approaching faster than we think it is. And it is
  3. 3. much worse than what we are anticipating . Already we have received many wake-up calls, and turned a blind eye to each one of the extinction of several species of amphibians such as the golden toad due to climate change, the breaking off of many ice shelves, the arctic ice lands getting separated from the mainland for the first time, the green cover of the planet reducing visibly, glaciers shrinking and species dying out by over hunting and loss of the habitat. Still, ignorance is bliss, and we are just about as blissful as angels. Worse, we label environmentalist as impractical tree-hugging hippies and they have a fight similar to Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill endlessly, fighting sometimes against the government we elect to work for us. Still we have some hope, a thin silver lining to this dark, ominous cloud of death and disaster. As we have seen this year, when no Amur falcons were killed in their annual migration after Nagaland ; tiger population in India stabilized a little , it is possible for us to alter radically, only if we shake off our inherent laze and reluctance to change. But even if you, my dear reader, aren't directly involved in the conservation efforts, you too can make a change. Just follow a few simple guidelines in day to day life like not wasting paper, switching off the electrical and electronic appliances when not
  4. 4. in use, plant some trees whenever you can, travel by cycle or pool automobiles, don’t litter unnecessarily and don't thirst for the blood of every animal you see in your vicinity. Recycle, Reuse and Reduce wastage. I know this sounds like a lot of preaching, but these few measures aren’t that difficult, honest. Atleast give it a shot, what’s to lose? If enough of us do this, like drops of water, which add into rivers and then into oceans, we can re-invent the world. After all, we, the people have the power to modify what we don’t like and make this world a better place, not just for us, but also for all the future generations that will enjoy their life in this wonderful paradise. -Nikhil Nayak