Saturday, June 05, 2021

Restoring the ecosystem - Environment Day

House sparrows are in our sentiments because they were part of our lives and memories. They were in stories, which we listened to during our childhood. During my childhood, we had a good relationship with house sparrows. Different types of birds were nestled on different types of local trees. They were part of our ecosystem. We all were living together. The ecosystem was maintained nicely respecting each other. Every evening, different types of birds were seen in the sky.  I left my village for education and career, and moved to different cities. When I moved to Roha. Our colony was the home for Flamingos and other migratory birds during every monsoon. However, I have never seen the fictions between local and migratory birds. Of course, the quarrels for space were natural and not deadly like us. 

House sparrow (Pic: Atharva Bidwaik)

House sparrows were rarely seen in Pune, however in the last 2 years due to lock-down and reduction in pollution, they along with different types of birds are regularly seen around. This is also an indication that Mother Earth is healing. It is our responsibility to maintain the ecosystem where all living animals live together. We, human beings, need to learn to respect the space required for other living objects. We also need to understand that we can’t survive without their survival. Do you know that honeybees have been dying at an alarming rate over the past decades? They are responsible for much of the food on our plate. Bees perform a task that is vital to the survival of agriculture: pollination. In fact, one third of our global food supply is pollinated by bees.

Kingfisher spotted by Atharva Bidwaik

Lot of species are on the verge of extinction. The impact on the earth is seen because of this. We all know the reasons behind this. We are sabotaging nature by interfering by cutting trees, building big buildings, and overusing the resources. Human beings are always selfish.   

Red Panda (Pic: Atharva Bidwaik)

Today we are celebrating “World Environment Day”. Every year, the world celebrates Environment Day on the 5th Jun. As per United Nations principle, a vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment, this day is celebrated annually. This year’s theme is “Ecosystem Restoration”. The objective of ecosystem restoration is to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as well as create social, economic and environmental benefits, whereby healthy and connected ecosystems should contribute to improve food and water security, peoples’ livelihoods and to mitigate and adapt to climate change”.

Mula River (Pic: Vinod Bidwaik)

We need to seriously think and act to protect and restore the ecosystem, otherwise human beings will be extinct. We have a greater responsibility to provide the greater place to live to our next generations.   

As per American proverb, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” The message that we need to act if we want to pass on a world with a healthy environment to future generations.

Guest at our home (Pic: Atharva Bidwaik)

What can we do?

We can do it by just following the 3R philosophy which everybody knows.

Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse.

Our smaller actions will have a major impact.

Reduce: Just reduce all consumption, like food, water, fuel, travel, electricity etc just by ¼ from today. If you are conformable, you can reduce it by 50%.

Recycle: Use the products which are recyclable. Don’t go for flashy, costly. products.  

Recycle: While buying any products, check if they are recyclable. Make yourself educated about the product life cycle. 

Mula River near Pune (Pic: Atharva Bidwaik)

"The earth has enough resources for our needs, but not for our greed"  Mahatma Gandhi quotes. Let’s reduce that greed also.  

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1 comment:

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