It is an age old maxim that nature is our mother and if it is to be commanded, it must be obeyed.Nature has through the ages, cast a spell on man. From the ancient Indian rishis, who meditated in caves and dipped in the holy water to the modern heroes of Antarctica and Everest expeditions and navigators all have been fascinated by the glory of nature. Ever since his appearance on this planet, man has been using the priceless gifts of nature without restraint. Seldom did he give thought to the fact that the supplies of air that he breathed, the water that he drank, the food that he ate and the industial raw materials which he extracted from the bowels of earth might disappear one day.
Nature has been suffering because of thoughtless human intervention in its recycling process for hundreds of years. The relationship between man and nature reflects profound changes in the wake of modern scientific and technological development. And here lies the cause for concern for the entire human race. The forests are being slaughtered mercilessly to satisfy the needs of the teeming millions. With the vanishing of the forests, the surroundings are becoming concrete jungles. Moreover the protected ozone layer is also being depleted which is going to affect more than half of the world population through global warming. So desperate are we to enjoy our today that tomorrow does not seem all that important. The pollution of Ganga, discharge of polluted industrial effluents into Yamuna in delhi, the mass poisoning of fish in the Rhine are alarming signals for man to realize what he is doing to nature and respectively to himself. It is by now fairly evident that we are polluting our nature on an unprecedented scale and wrecking it in a way that makes regeneration impossible. As a result, the marvelous creatures and plants dependent on the nature are limping towards extinction amid man’s cruelty.
In his mad race for power and prosperity, with a feeling of shock and horror, man is now aware of the fact that the nature and its resources are vast but limited. He has realized that if the present trends are allowed to go unchecked, the future of life on earth will be endangered.
It is high time man does something before the unimaginable stage is reached when rivers will burn, fish will rot on the shores, trees will be their own ghosts and cities will be chocked with polluted and foul smelling air. The time demands great hearts and ready hands. You may turn out to be the savior of mankind but only if you begin now.
“It is neither too early , nor too late when the survival is at stake.”