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We Only Have One Home

Updated on May 18, 2015

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 ?

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Orangutans were found in forests across Sumatra but now only survive in two provinces: North Sumatra and Aceh.

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Habitat loss and poaching are key threats to the survival of the Bengal tiger.

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Once living in many parts of Asia including greater China, the red panda is now confined to parceled territories.

D markerGiant Panda, China -
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As the population in China continues to grow, pandas’ habitat gets taken over by development, pushing them into smaller and less livable areas.

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As ice platforms dislodge and disintegrate, the polar bear's feeding, breeding, livelihood, and population are all affected.

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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.

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Recklessly excessive hunting for meat is the main threat to giant armadillos, with very little official effort being made to prevent their killing.

H markerWhite Rhinocerous, Sudan -
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The North White Rhino has been nearly wiped out because of poaching.Just one last Rhino is left in the wild, protected by guards.

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Blue whales are threatened by environmental change including habitat loss, toxics, and climate change.

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The sole predator of snow leopards? Humans. Hunting, habitat loss and retaliatory killings are the main reasons this big cat.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Wonderful hub, extremely well written. When you get to San Diego go see the Orangutan enclosure at the zoo. They are extraordinarily intelligent and a lot like us. Unfortunately, places like that might be their last refuge.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I hope we have more of those adorable creatures in the wild.

      As for San Diego, i will.

      Thanks a ton for reading my post and giving it your precious feedback :-) :-)

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      We who are now living on Planet Earth are its stewards. If we don't take care of the planet, its resources and creatures, we will leave it to our children and grandchildren with much of its natural beauty and wonder gone. It breaks my heart to think of those magnificent animals being on the endangered species list. Conservationists have been telling people of these dangers for decades. It's time for everyone to listen, take heed and work toward a sustainable planet and rejuvenated habitats.

      As for poachers of endangered species, I think their monstrous crimes call for harsh punishment.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks for that thoughtful comment :)

      Yes it's time we take action , else we will have nothing to pass on to the next generation.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes our planet earth but why do we keep destroying our home??

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Because human beings want more and more and in their endless pursuit of greed ,are exploiting nature and its natural resources. Not only are we losing flora and fauna at an alarming rate but also, the entire ecological balance has been disturbed. This is the reason for increasing natural calamities. Just today , Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake. It was so severe that it's tremors were felt at my place too in India.

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      @ Bollywood... 2 years ago from Ahmedabad

      Great hub with great message. Humans are definitely being too selfish and facing consequences for that. I hope we learn to love our earth. Great work,Keep it up.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your sentiment.

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      Sandeep Rathore 2 years ago from New Delhi

      We, humans, are the most selfish creatures. Did you ever see a dog hunting a dog? Or a dog causing harm to the mother nature. But we do. We hunt our fellow human beings out of our greed. With the big understanding comes the big responsibility. But we don't think about our responsibility. Instead of protecting all creatures of the earth, small or big, we are doing everything to harm them. A great hub, voted up. I'm looking forward to reading more hubs on such a topic.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's one more wonderful hub for protecting Earth and living species that are gradually extinguishing due to our improved modernisation and cultures which are against natural elements of the nature created by God. We are thinking ourselves more civilised and developed day by day and not seeing what harm we are doing to our environment and life.

      This is very beautifully presented by you. Voted up and awesome.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks sandeep15r and Venkatachari M for your thoughtful response. I'll keep trying to highlight the issue with various other parameters in the future itself :)

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub, Akriti. We are destroying the Earth and especially its environment. If we do not start turning this around as a world collectively, our children will suffer badly.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Yes we need to act now. We owe our future generation a prosperous home.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Another great article from you on environment. Simple and hard-hitting!

      Btw, I like your writing style - short and to the point, plus pictures. I am thinking of adopting this style :-)

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Hey thanks :-)

      I'm new here so not really familiar with how most hubbers write. I'm learning too :)

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Love the thought behind this. You are exactly right: we only have our Earth so we better care what happens to it. I will be sharing this one for sure.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Akriti,

      I am very impressed with this work. This work is very useful and should raise awareness about these special animals. By the way, I am an avid animal lover. So is my daughter and three grandkids.

      Keep up the fine work.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Akriti,

      Your profile page does NOT have a Fan Mail button, so with your permission, I am leaving my Thank You note for following me in this place so you can read it.

      And thanks again.

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      I want to take this moment to say "thank you," for becoming one of my valued-followers. This was a very humble gesture that I will never forget.

      Actually, and truthfully, my followers are THE reason that I do my best to provide hubs that are not just interesting, but a little on the comical side to take the readers' minds off of their troubles only if for a moment.

      Thank you once again and anytime you want to write me with hub ideas, comments, or suggestions on how I can produce a better hub, just send me an email.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery

      Your Friend for Life

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I respect animal lovers. It's really nice that you care for the innocent creatures. Thanks for the lovely comment.

      I do have a fan mail button. :)

      But thanks anyway. Cheers :)

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      Very nicely done! Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared! :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ Akriti,

      You are a blessing to me. And you are welcome.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you everybody :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Until and IF we eventually travel to and are able to live on other planets, this is our only home. We should definitely be better stewards of it. Even if we had the choice of other planets upon which to live, wouldn't it be nice to think that we could better coexist with nature and all of God's creatures on this planet earth.

      Aside from the beauty of plants and animals that we are carelessly decimating, we may be killing off future cures and other unknown benefits. Thanks for raising awareness!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks for reading and for the thoughtful comment :)

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      EmeseRĂ©ka 2 years ago from The Desert

      Beautifully written! great post and everything you say is so true! Fortunately more and more people are realizing that we need to protect our Earth. Yes, everyone is thinking of it on Earth Day, that's great; a lot of people pledge to do their share to protect our environment. I believe that every day should be Earth Day. Your hub is such a great reminder of our responsibility to our Home! Well done.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank u so much

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      lavenderLove 2 years ago from Philippines

      very engaging and inspiring post..I am a huge believer that if we don't do our own part of protecting the environment..everything will be destroyed and lost.

      thanks for this article,i hope the world will get the chance to read this.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Yes every individual's role is important.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I truly believe that articles like this one make a difference in this world. As writers, I believe we have a responsibility to raise awareness about social issues. Well done on this one, an important message.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      The market forces and powerful economies are so strong that all efforts to save the earht are getting defeated. They blame the developing countries, but they themselves need deep introspection.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Sure they do. The third world is always expected to put their foot down in everything. Whether it is carbon emissions or following the Kyoto Protocol.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Yes every individual has a responsibility for conserving the planet. Thanks for the feedback.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It is a shame and you wonder how it was allowed for anything to go extinct in today's world. It is becoming an even bigger mess from all the catastrophes too and you wonder when will we ever learn? Surely men are in study of the world's environmental woes and will one day start to turn things around before it is too late. What a great way to bring peace to this world instead of war if we all could work toward the same goals.

      Great article with deep meaning.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      If only human beings knew how to live in sync with nature.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      That's absolutely true. Our planet is taken for granted, because it costs us nothing. Great issue!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thanks

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, let us save our planet earth, why must the hunters poach the wild animals for greed?

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Yes. I'm surprised how do hunters hunt animals so openly. I mean don't we have strict laws against hunting/poaching ?

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Akriti, this is a beautiful hub, showing a great concern for other co beings. The title of hub is appropriate -- we only have one home.

      Very true, my friend. In Delhi, we had lovely sparrows and I used to watch these pretty creatures, but they all fled from this city, perhaps to avoid radiation emanating from big mobile towers. I extremely miss them.

      You have penned a great hub. Voted up.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Thank you :)

      Yes the sparrows as well as other birds are diminishing because of mobile towers. We see so less of them now.

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      Yalul 2 years ago from Philippines

      I admire your advocacy. I am also for the preservation of biodiversity. I hope you get more people to join you in your cause.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I hope so.

      Thank for reading.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, AkritiMattu. First, 'm so pleased you found me and visited on of my hubs! Sinc hadn't met you before, I like to know a little more about whom I'm thanking. What a pleasure to visit your hub page and to see all these things which matter to you.

      I, too, care deeply about our lovely planet and grieve over the disregard for and violence toward it which is so prevalent. The 'me first and only' attitudes are destroying the very delicate balance which supports its survival. Humans are but another species in the life of the planet. If we destroy so many of the other highly developed beautiful, majestic species, how could we possibly think we can 'win', much less survive our own selves? People are thoughtless, reckless and foolish to proceed on the havoc. Whatever greed may propel it, it is self-defeating.

      Ah, well. If bright young people like you lead strongly and with love, to influence our destiny, surely the tide will turn for the better. Thank you!

      I look forward to reading more of your well-done hubs! I'm currently less active after having a couple of serious falls which injured my wrists, so I'm reduced to one-finger typing - and not too much of that! But I am joining with your list of followers and fans so I can keep up with your progress!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      This is such a lovely and thoughtful comment Nellieanna :-)

      I really appreciate and admire your thought process & your concern for the planet. We need more people like you.We do. The planet needs to be protected, else we all will be doomed forever. It's all a matter of perspective. We can help conserve it if we want to.

      Thanks for visiting. Take care of your health. Stay in touch :-)

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      Ashley Cogdill 2 years ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

      Great article. The world is already ravaged, it's our job to fix it and change our ways. Keep fighting the good fight.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      yep.

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      d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      What a wonderful article. It IS truly sad to see how mankind has violated nature for its own greed and self serving. If this continues, that greed will destroy this planet altogether. Man is the only species that destroys nature instead of being part of it, consciously refusing to strive to preserve it, and simply enjoy the natural beauty all around us.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I agree. It is sad. We should all take responsibility for the environment.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Some of your Hubs are full of passion and conscience, and you share this well. I will pray that our Divine Mother, continues to enlighten your heart. I have also written a poem for you. Have a look. https://hubpages.com/literature/Heaven-Has-Kissed-...

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Sure i will take a look :)

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