Updated: Apr 9, 2019
In our thirst for development and economic prosperity, we, the most advanced species on the planet, have blatantly ignored the urgency and critical nature of the very real environment crises we face today, namely global warming and climate change, with their numerous potential catastrophic consequences on all life on the Earth, the only planet we can call home. Furthermore, in our strong desire for power and status, we continue to degrade the environment and all its components.
Developing countries such as India and Bangladesh, which rely on the seasonal monsoons for agriculture and consequently, stable economy, for example, are most vulnerable to these environmental crises. If this scenario continues without any remedial action, we are sure to lose this planet in the next few decades.
A major truth that we should keep in mind is that we have not inherited the Earth and all its resources from our ancestors, but have borrowed it all from our future generations. To ensure that our descendants are able to enjoy the environmental resources just as we have, we need to take responsibility for our actions, and make sure to leave a clean and green planet to our children.
Environmental protection is a fundamental duty of every Indian citizen under Article 51-A(g) of our Constitution, which is as follows, “It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures.”
Environment protection has always formed an important part of our Indian cultural values and traditions. The Atharvaveda states that, “Man’s paradise is on earth; this living world is the beloved place of all. It has the blessings of nature’s bounties, live in a lovely spirit”. As stewards, it is our prime responsibility to protect our paradise.
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