Environment - The Key to our Survival
challenge today which is staring mankind in the eye is that
of survival. Some would still not hesitate to stir within
themselves the concept of 'survival
of the fittest', but many more would agree
that survival has slowly but steadily metamorphosed into a
The irony of
the current situation lies in the very cause of it - man.
Man has been constantly evolving. From a bundle of emotions
he has tragically transformed into a bundle of desires, which
generously lends itself to greed and 'greed' is the parent
of all crimes.
From the moment the
earth was born till date, man has been dependent on the resources
provided to him by nature. Everything that was required for survival
was present, embedded in the generous lap of our environment. But
somewhere in the course of his evolution he tasted the bitter-sweet
seeds of greed, and from then the addiction grew.
The result of
this is evident from the polluted air we breathe, the contaminated
water we drink and the unhealthy food we consume. All these
are directly linked with the over exploitation of nature,
which in turn is meant to alleviate the status of the already
materially-blessed 'haves' and invariably widening the chasm
between the haves and the have-nots.
The most serious
issue today is to stop and rewind - to give sustainability
as much of importance as it truly and surely deserves. For
what we need today is to cut down on self-serving ambitions
and strive towards unified aspirations.
Nishi Aggarwal Student, Kolkata