In a world of constant change and streaming technology, I find solace deep in a forest where a tree remains a tree. A deep dive into the topic- Conservation of Nature and more importantly, our Role and responsibilities as Youth towards Nature and all its bounties. Mother Earth is ours today and needs to be passed on tomorrow – with all her beauty, wonder and galore.
Every day we sit on wooden chairs, lean over wooden tables, and even flip through papers from plants. But do we ever take a moment to pause and think where all the woods and papers are coming from? Millions of trees are being cut down just for us. Oh yes, we have our justification, some needs are quintessential and ensures better and bigger results. But is it the same for all, aren’t at least some of our excuses silly whims and fancies? Extravagances that we can surely do without?
Nature has been providing relentlessly for us. She can provide for every mans need, but cannot for every mans greed, because the greed of man never ends. The more we have, the more we want. The fate of mother nature lies in the palm of our hands, in the palm of the youth, who is the future of tomorrow. We have been damaging the Earth, polluting its land, air and water, and are engulfing all its resources just for our trivial luxuries. Yet there is still time to change our mentality, as well as the cover of the Earth, because where there is a will there is a way. Though we might not realize it, every small action we do can help the Earth in a way or two.
Our contribution to Earth needs to be inculcated in our everyday life, this starts right from the morning. When we wake up, instead of switching on the lights, we can invite the sunlight in by opening our curtains. Plastics and its products must be absolutely banned. Right from toothbrushes to plastic carry bags, we can easily switch to eco-friendly products such as bamboo brushes and jute bags. Also, while planning trips, we need to make sure to include UNESCO world heritage sites to our bucket list. Let’s try to make compost from food waste instead of burning it, making it an asset to our garden rather than a pollutant. We also need to make use of renewable energies like solar energy through solar panels, and wind energy through windmills, wherever possible. We should also join eco clubs through which we can clean up our environment, and even think about new initiatives to promote these activities to the society. This will benefit not only us, but as well as those around us. We can also plan a camp out or hike at a nearby forest area with our family and friends, away from the hustles bustles of the city, where there is no Wi-Fi signals, here we will find a better connection. A connection with mother Earth that is deep rooted, yet we often tend to oversee with all the technology hypnotizing us. A bond that is simple, pure and serene with no deception, lie or betrayal. A tree remains a tree, majestic in her demeanor yet offering comfort in her shade.
In conclusion, I am reminded of the quote by Lord Byron, “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rupture on the lonely shore, there is a society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”