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Monday, August 2, 2010

Need of HOUR

The times we are living in are deceptive. Some things in life require a great deal of thought and it would not be wrong to say that environment is one issue that requires much of our attention. The rise in the level of sea- water, the melting of glaciers in Himalayas, gradual increase in earth’s surface temperature or global warming, the diminishing species of flora and fauna, arctic shrinkage and altered patterns of agriculture and the things alike is alarming. There are countless environmental problems that are plaguing the world today.
The world population has been booming on a high scale in the last few decades. The basic needs for food, shelter and clothing clubbed with the newly found needs to be a world citizen is giving rise to depleting of natural resources in one form or the other. The once lush green forests are no where to be seen as we are constantly drawing concrete jungles to satisfy the needs of over-growing population.
As the globalization paves its way in our day- to- day lives making us tech-savvy, at the same time, we as a human- being are becoming insensitive towards the needs of our mother planet EARTH. This is an age of instant gratification. It has become our habit to take things for granted. Have you ever thought where the smell of wet-mud has, most of us used to love, gone? Have you ever noticed when we drive towards our country-sides, why do we only see vast brazen lands with no trees? Why there is so less rain in recent times? Why is there so less water or say impure water to drink? The answer many of us would come up will be a prompt No. Because we are not at all concerned when it comes to such an essential dialogues with self. The reason is as long as our thirsts are quenched, why we will make an effort to go to a well?
At this point I am reminded of a report I saw on TV where an environmentalist was telling how impure the water of our Ganges has gone. It is so contaminated that it is even harmful for bathing, leave alone drinking it. We have had enough debates about such problems and we are aware of their causes. The need of the hour is what we are doing in an effort to stop them from surmounting over living- beings that are in fact causing them.
To conclude, it would be right to say that a well- thought of action plan is needed on a big scale before we run out of time. If not for our own selves, let us all think of our future generations who will inhabit this beautiful planet. All is still not lost; we just need to be inclusive with our efforts.