Writter:Chowdhary Rabiya Shafiq
Today, there is now a premium on fresh air and there were even bars in Japan where people can buy whiffs of oxygen. If we continue to play foul with the environment and interfere with the already disturbed Eco-system, the day is not far off when we shall rule over mind boggling progress and excessive exploitation of nature to feed our follies and glory our greed.
It is neither a fad nor a fashion to show our concern for the environment. It is a feeling for the fast deteriorating both natural and manmade that pricks the conscience of some who take upon themselves the responsibility of creating awareness among the people to preserve the delicate balance in the entire ecosystem that has been disturbed beyond repair and recognition in many cases. Since the problem of environmental degradation is global, a concentrated effort needs to be launched to infuse environmental consciousness among all and sundry before it gets too late to mend the matter.
In its mad race to make miracles and bring about a complete metamorphosis in the living style modern human kinds seems to have failed to appreciate the inherent worth of animal and plant life in totality, perhaps due to religious or supernatural associations. Now that we have a scientific grasp of nature, we have lost sight of its wider aesthetic, spiritual and complementary value. With the onslaught of industrialization, nature has been subjected to rapid exploitation, leading to pollution and depletion of its resources. This destructive trend can be slowed down. If not completely reversed is collective care and concern for environment consciousness is created through different media and educative methods.
Science and technology, glitter and glamour, speed and success these are some of the telling traits of human condition today. Some of the telling traits pay very dear in terms of the health four planets. Feeling secure without having a clear consciousness of environment is like walking waywardly on a land mine. The impression that conservation of the environment is to be achieving only by enlisting concern of some individuals and groups has to be dispelled at the outset.
Nature rather environment or ecology in all its form and manifestations represent harmony and deep power of joy that can enable us to “see into the life of things” and thus escape from sinister sway and swing of materialists mores that have made most of us strangers and aliens to the life sustaining forces on this planet. The urgency to take stock of current status of biodiversity is the crying need of the hour. It is because of lack of awareness on our part, of the many species of flora and fauna that they are being lost by us unknowingly. How to bring such facts close to consciousness of the people should be the foremost task of all those who have the good of the earth at their hearts.
No matter how we manipulate the achievement of science and technology, the moot question would always stare us in the face. If we fail to create constructive consciousness towards environment, in our work and culture, development activities and allied areas of action, we shall be heading for an impending catastrophe that a highly polluted environment is going to unleash on one and all.
Our ancestors were more environment-conscious and conscientious than us. Their common needs did not go beyond fuel collection. Flower plucking, fruit-gathering and the like. They did not indulge in wanton destruction of forest nor did they resort to haunting and poaching in an unscrupulous manner like the plunder of today where the governing passion is to explore and exploit the known and unknown sources of wealth. The attitude of our forefathers towards life and its mission was “live and let others live”. It is time to sit up and see the writing on the wall. The warning signals are ringing all around.
“Until you have admitted your own fears to yourself and have guarded yourself by a difficult effort of will against myth-making power, you cannot hope, to think truly about many matters of great importance, especially those with which religious beliefs are concerned” – (Bertrand Russel).
CHOWDHARY RABIYA SHAFIQ : The author is a first female Journalist, Social Activist and Entreprenuer from Peer Panjal Region who is a founder member of Valley Online, also running Taja Coachings and Northern Defence Academy in Rajouri district. For her Reports from far flung areas of Union Territory of J&K ‘Video Volunteers’ in 2017 awarded her Best MoJo (Mobile Journalism) Video Award and ‘Christain Women Welfare l Trust’ in 2019 awarded her Salute Award for her work in the field of Journalism.
She has done tremendous and commendable job for the society since 2012. You can come in contact with her firstname.lastname@example.org