Mother or Not

Imagine yourself as 4.543 billion years old. Can you? Yes! A life that long. Okay if not yourself, can you imagine any one around you that old? Any living being for that matter? The fact is we all know that one being who’s this old. Our very mother, Mother Earth. Does that number ring a bell? In Earth’s context, you cannot think or say, ‘Age is just a number’. For so many years Earth has been giving birth to all living beings and nurturing their generations after generations by offer life sustaining environment. And yet, today it witnesses climate change, water and air pollution.

How beautiful it is to belong to a planet that is a home for so many species of plants and animals. But have you ever thought how exhausting it is for Earth? Our planet, a home for everyone and everything we can see, or we cannot with our naked eyes, is getting exhausted because we, the most intelligent race she produced, turned out to be the takers, marking our carbon footprints across, drawing the life energy out of it and disbalancing the environment. Isn’t this true?

Let’s take a moment out from the mundanelife and imagine what if would be like without this planet. Difficult to imagine isn’t it? We are one of the key reasons for Earth’s exhaustion. Our needs, desires and endless greed to dig and use her natural resources so to speak is taking a toll on our mother. Look around,do you notice the trees being cut for varied uses? Do you know, “Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles (1.3 million square kilometers) of forest, according to the World Bank—an area larger than South Africa. Since humans started cutting down forests, 46 percent of trees have beenfelled, according to a 2015 study in the journal Nature.” (Source: Deforestation facts and information – National Geographic).

We can’t even imagine what it’s going to result in. If this fact doesn’t wake you up, then the causes and effect of deforestation will show up one day and our planet would lose the complete balance of life that exists on it. In the context of our country, just imagine our contribution to this situation, being the second largest population in the world. If it is difficult to completely stop deforestation, we need to increase our efforts and help implement afforestation and reforestation in projects India and support the cause. There are several save the planet organizations across the world that are working specifically on figuring creative and sustainable ways to save the environment.

With the current state of environment pollution and climate change and the rate at which it is shifting, chances are that we’d soon be deprived of the basic quality life. We need to work towards clean and green energy and sustainable development environment of living life. The change must ignite in our minds and hearts first and then make conscious green choices. Choices of an environmentally aware and awake mind would range from reducing the use of plastic and rubber, increasing the usage of biodegradable materials, limiting the use of energy generated from natural resources, recycle whatever can be recycled, reducing wastage of energy and resources like water, electricity, paper, reduce carbon footprints, and adopting green habits and actions towards contributing in balancing of the planet in times of global warming and cooling. We need to change the way we look at our planet. It’s just not another planet, it’s earth, our home. It’s our mother who nurtures. We must take care of our planet like how we take care of our mothers when they age, that’s how some people think. What do you think about it? Is earth a mother?