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Ishitwa Chandra

Year-Prize: The 10th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition     Item: Connecting People to Nature by rediscovering the value of nature

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Connecting People to Nature


Ishitwa Chandra (India)

Eco-generation Prize


In summer 2016, in a small hill town I sat next to a window. Between the seamless mountains, what caught my eye was a river, meandering its way. The heavenly spectacle forced me to explore the well trodden path.
 A few minutes into the trek, the green cover became dense. Soon I found myself walking on a carpet of leaves, the sun dappled trees wove a staggering tapestry of light and shadow and a lazy wind ruffled through the foliage. As I climbed uphill, a haze and a setting sun in a chaos of pastels and salmon enveloped the sky. As the dusk approached, the city lights went up like fireflies, replenishing the atmosphere with positivity. I felt a bona fide connect in the midst of nature.
We coerce nature, to turn things in our favour. We bribe the earth to do our biddings. The word 'Nature' describes a picturesque amalgamation of flora and fauna coexisting together. However, this amalgamation ceases to exist. Our knowledge of science can make a hostile environment conducive for living, but nothing can replicate nature.
It is a well known verity that we never had a control over nature. With the rise in pollution and extinction, a massive distortion of nature is in line. So what is it that we need to do in order to prevent an acrimonious destruction of nature? In simple words, we require naturalisation of humans.
In the primitive stages of evolution, technological development was low. Humans adapted to the dictates of nature and were greatly influenced. The interaction between primitive society and forces of nature was termed as environmental determinism and thus, the existence of naturalised humans. Humans treated nature as superior and revered the 'Mother Nature'. But with time, nature and humans have grown apart. In spite of its incessant benefits, the natural world is losing its ground and humans have positioned themselves as being more significant. Nearly 15,000 to 18,000 species of plants and animals are discovered every year, however, 90% of some marine species have faced extinction. The US withdrawing of the Paris agreement on climate change, Google planning on using 100% renewable energy and creating an Earth Engine which tracks the forest cover all over the world are some recent developments of the natural world. Thus, our natural world is dynamic and we need to connect the world with the happenings of environment. The process of connecting people to nature has tapered down into two simple steps.
The first step is to spread awareness about the staggering benefits of conserving nature. Tourism is one such way where it allows a pathway to delve into nature and its countless attributes. Travelling the world and seeking pleasure in the lap of nature is the best way to experience its worth. Social media is another powerful method in disseminating responsiveness towards nature. Frequent articles on natural habitat, its novel discoveries and simple methods suggesting a better locale around oneself can impact a number of readers. Creating environmental groups and blogs through social media can generate an astounding response towards safeguarding the environment. One of the best ways to build wakefulness is starting from the ground level, that is, school learning. Students and environment education are a backbone of environment-consciousness. Sooner or later, these students will be the flag bearers of ecological acuity.
The next step to build the link is implementation. As soon as humans become conscious about their precedence towards nature, it is vital to provide a dais so that they can engage in activities that conserve nature. Actions like plantation and cleanliness drives should be made obligatory. Activists and volunteers should engage themselves in preserving and revival of all essential natural habitats such as water bodies, forests, etc. Augmented use of renewable alternatives for fossil fuels should be incentivised. By mitigating vehicular emissions, people should be endowed with clean air.  Besides, stringent penalties to discourage any detriment to nature and rewarding those accountable for extraordinary contribution for preservation of nature should be implemented by the law. This will make a statement to the less sensitive and diminish the callous attitude of many others.
The exquisiteness of nature has the divine power that keeps us from being weighed down by worldly concerns. The sun, the moon, the waters and trees are embodiments of this beauty.  In the words of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "No generation has a freehold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy with a full repairing lease." Hence, it is our duty to bestow our successors with an amiable environment to live in where every day is celebrated as Environment Day!


4 Comments

  • says :
    Very well-written essay on your perspective of environmental issues.
    Posted 28-05-2018 09:50

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