There lived a kid who played along in the rain, sailed paper-boats in the little streams flowing down his lane. He did not care if he drenched and neither did his parents mind. The peacocks danced along and so did our Indian cine stars on their terraces. Then, it just RAINED. Rain as they all knew was only fresh form of water, drenching in which was a utopia in itself. Next time the kid ventured out in the rain and found his mother rushing with an umbrella behind, the peacock was surprised to find the vibrant feathers shed and our Cine stars booked an appointment with their cosmetologists. They were all told it was a new kind of rain; ACID RAIN.
Environment (n) (en-vahy-ruhn-muhnt) as described in the dictionary is the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; milieu. Earth, in a broader sense. This includes every little thing it holds on to. While living here is fun, but most of us consciously or unconsciously fiddle with this refuge.
Air to breathe, is important and what is more essential is pure air. Inhaling pure and fresh air has revealed the medicinal secrets. On the other hand, respiring polluted air too has proved baneful, not only to the mankind but to every element present here. The waters we swim in are more chlorine treated and that we drink are much more treated. A doubt might pop up. Why not swim in the lakes and ponds? The answer would be yes for sure, but locating them on Google Maps and reaching for, takes your interests off. And then we realize that the wells or the ponds where our Uncles would hang out is either vanished or is a playground. For the rest of the life depending on this so called H2O, it’s getting miserable. When we look a couple of ages back, there wasn’t even a clue of today’s situation. The reason being is not industrialization and urbanization, but negligence to act towards the cons of the former.
Planting of trees is observed as a grand function presided by the magnates, followed by a headline elaborating the achievement in the next day’s newspaper. Wasn’t it supposed to be a part of every citizen of this Geo (Greek for Earth) to contribute as a routine? ‘Go Green’ is the new mantra, well said by all but understood and acted upon by a few.
Negligence in this regard is not just a trend we follow, but a tradition we leave behind. The day is not far when we bless our children ‘May forest be with you’ rather than our usual ‘Aayushmaan Bhava’ (Sanskrit for Long live). No more best catches of the IPL will be discussed at breakfast, but teams will be set up for a new game ‘catch water where it falls’.
It’s the only Earth we got. We must learn to conserve, recycle and not pollute. Join the race to make the World a better place. Hug a tree; they have fewer issues than people.