Look around yourself. The air we breathe , the water we drink , the soil we live on ,the rays of the sun and the blossom of a flower . The trees and the fauna everything is just so beautiful. Mother Nature has blessed us with magnificent things which of course we humans have taken it for granted. The human race has already done a lot of damage to the environment. In the greed of reaching heights we have badly affected our environment. Pollution levels have increased drastically and exploitation of resources has been immense. The ground water has depleted. The rains have turned into acid rain. The rivers are no longer purest. The regular cutting down of trees has led to deforestation. The effect of global warming, the increase of greenhouses gases, the depletion of the ozone layer and the alarming levels of pollution are all an indicator of an impending catastrophe. Industrialization has been a major source to pollution. With the increase in factories ,fuel , waste disposal everything has destroyed the purity of nature. To compensate our needs of fuel we have consumed the non renewable sources to a great extent. There is an urgent need for sustainable development. Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
We need to realize our responsibilities towards our Mother Earth and do every bit to conserve her. There are certain things we can do to save the upcoming disaster. The steps we can take are –
Sustainable living – It is important that we use the current resources by keeping in mind that there is a future ahead of us and also a generation that will live in it.
Plant trees as much as possible – There is no better way then planting trees / saplings. Nurture a sapling and that is the best you can do . We need to do Aforestation and Reforestation top save our environment.
Pollution control – Air, water or soil. There is a need to control all kinds of pollution . We should stop dumping wastage on the ground or stop disposing them in the rivers. The diesel and petrol vehicles should replace it by CNG for reduced air pollution.
Go Eco friendly – Use Biodegradable / Disposable Waste Bag, replace plastic bags with paper bags, reuse and recycle, do not waste paper , use terracotta products etc. Use Bulbs and tube lights that are energy efficient to save energy. Solar panels and rechargeable batteries can be used as alternative sources of energy. Compost bins can be set up to produce manure instead of using fertilizers.
There are several programs run by our government too , The National Afforestation Programme (NAP) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests is a 100 percent centrally sponsored scheme for afforestation and tree plantation and eco-restoration of degraded forests and adjoining areas in the country.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) was established on October 18, 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010.It has been set up for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Green skill development program , green skills’ refers to those that contribute to preserve and restore environment and create a sustainable future. Hence, the programme focuses on developing skills among the youth in the environment and forest sector.
Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan, Launched on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2, 2014,Over the years, different versions of the campaign were started. This includes Gramin Swachh Bharat Mission and Bal Swachhata Abhiyan.
Toilet before Temples, ‘Pehle shauchalaya, phir devalaya’ .Implemented as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the government claims to have built over nine crore household toilets and 32 states or Union Territories have been declared open defecation-free since October 2, 2014.
So let’s promise ourselves to contribute everything we can to make this world a better place to live in! It is our duty to save the environment. Do something GREEN everyday .