Thursday, March 13, 2014

Save our home planet

The natural environment is crucially a "commons", a public good.  Humans are an integral part of ecological systems and depend on them for survival and quality of life. The existence  of life is the most striking feature of earth. The Earth is a complex system of life forms,  habitats and fluxes. The Earth itself is behaving like a living being, a complex self- regulating and holistic super-organism. 

Earth is a unique planet

Earth provides a range of temperatures suitable for the organisms to carry on its life processes at a normal rate. Increase of temperatures may affect the life processes of organisms and extremes of temperature may be fatal. The earth provides the optimum pressure and density for the living organisms to maintain its molecular organization and alignment of the chemical units. The earth supplies suitable amount of energy at controllable speeds to match the organism’s assimilative capacity. The stock of chemicals in the earth is inexhaustible and they undergo natural cycles of utilization and replacement by organisms. The earth never allows the lethal radiations of UV rays, gamma rays and X-rays from the sun reaching it and harming the life. The natural gaseous cycles (oxygen, carbon and nitrogen) maintains the stability in the proportion of atmospheric gases. The gravitational pull of the earth holds the elements like water, hydrogen and carbon dioxide which are essential for regulating the general environment of living organisms on earth. The earth is the only planet with water (blue planet) which sustains life. Water covers about 71% of the earth and contributes to 60-70 % weight of the living world. Carbon dioxide like water plays roles in controlling the environment of the living organisms. It readily dissolves in water and serves as a nutrient for terrestrial and aquatic plants. Carbon is a central element in a number of organic compounds from which protoplasm have been organized.

Mother Earth

We have evolved from the earth and earth is our primary mother. The earth is more than a mere resource- a storehouse of minerals and other raw materials. The Earth is more than a mere producer of our food and a garbage dump. The entire cosmos is a cooperative system. The sun, moon and the stars live together as a cooperative system. the same is true for humans and animals, trees and earth.
When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise ... then we  respect  the natural environment.
"Earth is to be treasured and nurtured, something precious that must endure" -Collins, 1980.

Respect  Life

A plant is a spontaneous life system, self- maintaining with a controlling genetic programme. Plants have no other controlling center like, brain. The plant grows, reproduces, repairs its wounds and resists death, maintaining a botanical identity.
Every organism has a good-of - its - kind.Plants do 'take account' of themselves; and we should take account of them.We should not forget plants are god's good creations.

Animal welfare 

An animal values its own life. Animal hunt and howl; find shelter; seek out their habitats and mates; care for their young and flee from threats. They suffer injury and lick their wounds; They defend their own lives Animal life is an evolutionary success and a good thing.

Human impact on the planet earth

The natural environment is fragile. Human impacts caused changes in composition, content or the processing of nutrients or energy in the global ecosystems. Over the past 50 years, humans have changed natural ecosystems more rapidly and extensively.  This transformation of our planet has contributed to substantial net gains in health, well being and economic development. Healthy ecosystems are an essential condition of healthy people, healthy communities and sustainable livelihoods.

Human responsibility

Humans co-inhabit Earth with 5-10 million species. Environmental quality is necessary for quality of human life. Earth is now facing unprecedented challenges from water stress, pollution, climate change and species loss. These threats risk intensifying economic, ecological and social crises.
"Population growth, urbanization and development pressure have contributed to food and water scarcity" - Michel Jarrand, Secretary General UN Water, World Meteorological Organization.
Humans are not only biological agents but also moral agents.
Humans have a responsibility to respect the  vitalities of the flora and fauna around us.

No comments:

Post a Comment