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  • Mishtee Agrawal

Caring for the Earth

Our Earth is an absolutely unique planet, the only one capable of supporting life. Yet, we often hear that our Earth is in grave danger - from us! Infelicitously, humans have lost their compassion towards other living forms that co-exist on earth by misusing resources and polluting the environment. What we need to do first, is understand the importance of our Earth.

Let me take you a billion years down the line when the collapse of the nebula led to the subsequent formation of the Earth. At some point, the hydrosphere was created because of the collision of water bearing asteroids with the earth. Over a period of time, changes in the plate tectonics led to the formation of landforms constituting the lithosphere, various gases blanketing its surface formed the atmosphere. The Biosphere was the narrow realm of contact between the three where the natural vegetation and wildlife came to exist. Initially humans respected and coexisted with nature seeing as they were directly dependent on Earth for food and shelter. Under such conditions, life on Earth prospered. However, with inventions, discoveries and the beginning of civilization in the human world, man commenced to misuse the resources available to him. Proving the old adage 'Avarice hoards itself poor,' true; man bore nature’s wrath in the form of global warming, deforestation, pollution and overpopulation because of his greed and dissatisfaction with what he had. The pleas of some prudent humans who still cherished mother Earth, fell on most people’s deaf ears as they failed to recognize the baleful repercussions to their reckless actions.

In 1970, in America, when industries and automobiles polluted air and water and development of infrastructure led to deforestation, Senator Nelson, distraught over this predicament, recruited an activist to spread public consciousness about pollution on college campuses involving the national media. Consequently, several colleges and universities organised protests against the deterioration of the environment. The event was commemorated on April 22nd and it continues to be celebrated as Earth day, every year, all over the world.

It is crucial that we wake up from the deep slumber of ignorance and learn to thrive with nature because, as rightly pointed out by Mahatma Gandhi “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed”. So let’s save Earth together on this Earth Day!

The World is now in YOUR hands

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