In today’s day and age, there is a substantial and continuous rise in industrialization, urbanization as well as consumerism. While societies focus on availing more and more amenities to improve their quality of life, it is equally important to observe that these developments take a heavy toll on our environmental resources.
Whether it is the utilization of fossil fuels or increased usage of plastics that is causing visible and irreversible damage to the planet, development comes with a cost! Having said that, there is an unprecedented increase in awareness and the masses are becoming aware of not just the damage caused but also how to address it.
While this awareness is a rather recent phenomenon, there are several visionaries who could foretell the impact the human race will have on Mother Earth, and shared some of these gems over the years and are more relevant than ever, today:
#1. One of our generation’s most compassionate living beings, Mother Teresa, had to say this about generating unnecessary waste: "I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use."
#2. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India’s non-violent movement against Britain’s colonial rule, was a firm believer in sustainability. He once famously quoted, "The earth, the air, the land, and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us."
#3. Even when deforestation was not as brutal as it is today, the American President, Franklin Roosevelt emphasized on the unfathomable importance of forests with these words: "A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
#4. A songwriter with arguably the world’s greatest bands, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, said, "There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn’t spoil the sky, or the rain or the land."
#5. There are some of us who believe that alone, they cannot change the world. Oh yes, but they can! Read these inspiring words by notable American Historiam, Howard Zinn and take even a simple step to make a difference. "We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
If a billion people take a step forward, Society takes a billion steps forward! If we come together and make the minutest of changes, we will take firm actions against environmental damage and pave way for a world that is more sensitive to the collective ecosystem and sustainable.