We Only Have One Home
Our Earth is the only planet in the solar system that supports life. It is beautiful and appears from distant space as some kind of artistic marvel. A sort of painting filled with perfect colours. It is the creation of a perfect artist. It truly is. It has taken millions of years to give it its present form. Every creature on this planet is unique and amazing in it's own way. Every continent, every country, every ocean , every desert, every mountain , every lake, every river supports an entirely different flora and fauna, distinct from one another. From the fabulous coral reefs In Australia to the snow clad mountains in New Zealand, from the rich flora of the Himalayas to the scarce but unique fauna of the Sahara desert, from the bounteous prairies in North America to the rich wildlife in the Amazon rain-forests, from the frozen lakes in Alaska to the steaming beaches of Hawaii , our colossal planet has it all ,perfectly. No wonder one can stand in awe of our diversified planet for hours and hours and be grateful to be a part of its creation.
What hurts me is the fact that every day a specie is becoming extinct from the face of the Earth. Just yesterday i read about the last known male Northern White Rhino left in the entire world. His habitat is in Sudan and the poor creature is guarded twenty four seven by guards. This species habitated the world for 50 million years but sadly we may soon never see them again. As a child i was extremely fond of Orangutans because they are super cute. I could have never imagined that a day will arrive, that too while i'm alive , when these adorable creatures will become endangered. The Orangutan is found on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. It's natural habitat is being destroyed by us because we are converting it into agricultural land. Also we hunt the innocent animal down. This isn't just the case of the Northern White Rhinoceros or the Orangutan. A lot of species that we take for granted in terms of having them around forever are facing the threat of extinction. To name a few : The Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Arctic Fox, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Elephant, Giant Panda, Blue Whale, Plains Bison, Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Ivory billed Woodpecker, Seals, and even the Monarch Butterfly.Can we even imagine a world without them?
Today is the 22nd of April. This day is celebrated as 'World Earth Day. Let us dedicate it to our beloved planet. We humans , as the most developed and evolved of all creatures on the the Earth, have a responsibility towards conserving nature and it's natural resources. We can't just go about exploiting our own home. Else we will owe the future generations a huge apology for not passing on to them what was passed onto us - a fascinating and a bountiful planet. Let this date not just be another day that we celebrate and forget. Instead, we should ponder on the issues that need our immediate attention for conserving our gorgeous planet. Conservation of our planet , it's species and it's environment is an issue that needs to be handled locally and thought about globally. If we don't even wake up now and continue affecting the Earth in a negative way, it will strike back in the form of global warming, droughts, famines, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes etc.
It is the 21st century and progress needs to be made for our civilization. I agree. However the entire progress will be rendered moot if the civilization itself gets wiped off due to a massive catastrophe. Therefore we now need to think of , what many economists claim to be - 'Sustainable Development.' It means the type of development which happens where needs are met without compromising the environment.
Remember: WE ONLY HAVE ONE HOME !!!
What if these species get wiped off from the face of the Earth soon ?
Orangutans were found in forests across Sumatra but now only survive in two provinces: North Sumatra and Aceh.
Habitat loss and poaching are key threats to the survival of the Bengal tiger.
Once living in many parts of Asia including greater China, the red panda is now confined to parceled territories.
As the population in China continues to grow, pandas’ habitat gets taken over by development, pushing them into smaller and less livable areas.
As ice platforms dislodge and disintegrate, the polar bear's feeding, breeding, livelihood, and population are all affected.
The human population in sub-Saharan Africa will double by 2050. Hence the habitat of the African lion will continue to shrink.Also trophy hunting.
Recklessly excessive hunting for meat is the main threat to giant armadillos, with very little official effort being made to prevent their killing.
The North White Rhino has been nearly wiped out because of poaching.Just one last Rhino is left in the wild, protected by guards.
Blue whales are threatened by environmental change including habitat loss, toxics, and climate change.
The sole predator of snow leopards? Humans. Hunting, habitat loss and retaliatory killings are the main reasons this big cat.