On the back ground let’s see what’s happening at our end? As in any Metro the scene is same here may it been Pune or Mumbai or Chennai. Our country has now clearly been divided in Urban & Rural & no two minds that needs to conserve the environment more! With more & more people tending to live in Cities it’s obvious that the balance of nature too is shifting as we live on Natural resources & with more people living in lesser area the problems are bound to happen. Right now we are consuming all the natural resources right from Water to Fuels like the world is going to end tomorrow only! Most of the cities are facing problems of Water & Power shortages, Sound pollution & Air pollution are at peak & Green Cover is rapidly decreasing along with the bio-diversity around. Public transport not only within the city but even connecting the cities is also very inadequate. If you don't believe me then go to any railway station or bus station & ask for the ticket of next train or bus connecting to another major city! You don't get it; the reservation charts of railways gets full within the minutes of the booking get opened! We are heavily depending on our own transport leading to use of more fossil fuels i.e. Diesel/Petrol leading to more emission of more carbon dioxide. We are unable to breech the gap between poor & rich & that's giving avenue to more slums. Now many a will say what it has to take with Environment? It’s the disparity which makes a man to forget about the Environment & chase his basic needs which again loads the deteriorating Environment. For e.g. a person living in slum don't have basic infrastructure like drainage, so naturally he choose an adjoining river or open space for the same & the result is known to us. Well, what is Environment Conservation after all? Its nothing but to protect & conserve natural resources right from the air we breathe to the water we drink & to keep the surrounding we live in livable for a common man along with other species from sparrow to smaller trees!
And what we are doing instead? We have forgotten about maintaining biodiversity i.e. that there are other species also on this earth who belongs to be here with us & we run Save Tiger campaigns by sitting in our Living room & via sms's or logging in some web sites to show our support for Save Tiger movement & think we are caring for Environment! We blame on Govt & ever other entity for every wrong thing happening regarding Environment & don't bother even to segregate dry & wet garbage of our own house! Cool, Ignorance is the bliss, is what wise men had said & I found it true when I look at such attitude of people in cities! So, what right we have to even read about WED? I think answers do not lies somewhere else but within.
Last but not least try to support the people who are doing something positive about the Environment by knowing their work & then by associating your self with them in any way. This we can know while buying a product right from home to a small bulb, which may be a bit costly in compare to other bulb but ends up saving your electric bill. And don't wait for somebody else doing this job for you as unless & until you don't consider as it's Your Environment ,you are not entitled to celebrate the WED i.e. World Environment Day in real means!
Envo-Power Committee, Credai, Pune
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