The Ailing Planet : The Green Movement’s Role -----------------------------------------------------------------
‘The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role’ is a sad commentary on the gradual deterioration (worsening) of our environment. The planet Earth is no more a pleasant place for habituation. Fisheries, forests, grasslands and croplands need to be preserved and protected. Let us avoid over population and stop perpetuation (continuation) of poverty. The green movement is only hope for this planet and the survival of human race.
The Green Movement was started nearly 35 years ago in1972. Since then it has captured the imagination of millions. The world’s first nationwide Green Party was founded in New Zealand. Green Movement has changed our concepts. The shift is very positive. Now we have a holistic view of the world. For the first time there is a growing worldwide consciousness that the earth itself is a living organism.
In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development defined what is meant by sustainable development. It means human development that fulfils the needs of the present without harming the future of mankind. Man shares the earth with 1.4 million living species. This earth has become a scorched (burnt) planet. Deserts are advancing. Landscapes and the environment have been degraded.
Fisheries, forests, grasslands and croplands are the four main biological systems of this earth.They are the basis of the global economic system. But these basic systems are being threatened. They are reaching an unsustainable level. Production has fallen. Fisheries have been ruined. Forests are disappearing. Grasslands are being converted into wastelands. Croplands are not in good shape. Tropical forests, which are the powerhouses of evolution, face extinction. Forests precede mankind. Deserts follow them. Fifty million acres of tropical forests are disappearing every year. The World Bank estimates that a five-fold increase in forest plantation is needed to cope with the fuel wood demand in the coming years. Actually, we are losing forests at the rate of an acre and a half every second. According to a government’s report, India is losing 3.7 million acres of forests every year. The actual loss is much higher.
Satellites and aerial surveys conducted by the U.N.O. warn that the environment has deteriorated (become worse) so badly that it can be termed as critical. The growth of world population is the main cause of this. The 20th century has added about 3.7 billions. The present world population is estimated at 5.7 billion. In every four days the world population increases by one million. The choice is clear. Either control population or perpetuate poverty. Margaret Thatcher has summed up by declaring that “no generation has a freehold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy”. As Lester Brown says : We have not inherited this earth from our forefathers; we have borrowed it from our children.” It is not only the question of survival of human race but also of the planet earth.
Man has entertained many false illusions. He considers himself to be the lord of this world. His arrogance and misdeeds have caused untold havoc and destruction. He considers that he has a freehold on this earth. He can indulge himself in plundering of natural wealth and resources at will. The protein-conscious and hungry world has ruined fishing. Forests are disappearing at the rate of an acre and a half every second. Grasslands and croplands are being converted into wastelands and deserts. Man is the most dangerous animal of the world who has made this earth an ailing planet.
We should remember that we are not the masters but only the trustees of this planet. We owe a duty to leave this earth in good health and good shape to the coming generations. As Margaret Thatcher says we have only a life tenancy and not the ownership. Nor have we inherited this world from our forefathers. We have borrowed it from our children. At all costs we have to maintain a sustainable development. We must meet our present needs without harming the interests and needs of the coming generations. K.MAHAMMAD IRSHAD (talk) 06:12, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
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