One aspect of knowledge is that is tends to make its possessors cynical. When the hidden complexity of seemingly simple systems makes itself apparent our incapacity to master the system in its entirety is the first realization we afford ourselves. This, I am speaking in reference to the environment. With awareness and scientific attitude on a rise it is becoming increasingly stark that the numbers of things we have contributed negatively to the planet majorly outweigh the positives, which happen to be zero. We like to think that the special status we have that has been provided to us by chance as the dominant specie also sanctions the license to use the planet as a workshop and see how much of our products it can take before it starts giving things back.
Most activities that can be associated with human habitation are in some way or the other harmful to the environment. For example, electricity, the most revolutionary human discovery comes with tremendous harmful emissions to the environment irrespective of the generation method. Hydro electricity releases superheated water in the water bodies which charge aquatic extinction as fees for keeping our houses lit. Thermal electricity releases fumes, which after going through various layers of the atmosphere and causing havoc there, returns back to us in some or the other form that is not appreciated by humans. There’s some justice here, if you are looking for it, as in this case we are the ones causing damage to ourselves to keep our houses lit. But then we pay the electricity bill anyway. We, however, fulfill our responsibility as caring species of the planet by mulling over which method will cause lesser damage and try to implement that with a greater gusto.
Modern structure of the world is such that there are provisions made for most concerns that a considerable section of the population can have. Sounds ideal? Now you should know that the concept of ideal is a total abstract. There is nothing ideal in this world. The downside of this facility is that unless your concern becomes a concern to a major section it does not merit a hearing. This is where the need to be able to take measures on your own comes to the foreground. A single person, a single locality, a single district, a single town, a single state and even a single country cannot undo changes happening in a foreign country that cause havoc in your backyard. There’s no point in waiting for international legislation to come to your rescue. You can start with changes in your own life. Energy conservation doesn’t have to be a public undertaking.
Parimal Tripathi is a volunteer content writer for Jaagore. To learn and speak about issues on street children, environmental pollution, garbage disposal, corruption, volunteering, volunteer work, community services, NGOs, Urban Issues, social and civic issues visit http://www.jaagore.com
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