Beyond… A Journey Within

Swati Singh

Are we destroying ourselves?

Originally published in New York Spirit

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“Do you think demons have overtaken the world and that’s why we are witnessing such destruction of flora and fauna?”

“No, the ignorant fools are in power. Demons won’t destroy the world they would want to live in, only humans can do that.”

My friend nodded in agreement.

Are we destroying the world?

Most likely. A new comprehensive study compiled by 145 experts from 50 countries under IPBES found despairing facts about the current state of our ecology. About 1 million species are vulnerable to extinction; land degradation has reduced productivity by a great degree; $577 billion worth of crops are at risk annually because pollinators are getting extinct and up to 300 million people are at increased risk of floods and hurricanes because of the loss of mangrove forests and coral reefs.

But, then, what would scientists know? Earth is flat and climate change is a hoax. Greta Thunberg is an attention-seeking girl and some of the elected leaders of the world who have zero IQ and EQ are the godly symbols of wisdom.

Amazon Forest burned for months. Under public pressure and activists’ efforts, the fires have stopped now but the deforestation continues.  More than 7,747 sq km of the Amazon rainforest has already been cleared so far this year.

While we were looking at Amazon, the Cerrado Savannah, one of the most biodiverse areas of the world, was becoming the victim of people’s greed. According to various articles published by leading news portals, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) has revealed that about half the forests, wetlands, woods and grasslands there have already been lost to make way for soybean farming.

Kudos! Who said the man is an intelligent species?

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Aarey forest in Mumbai, India saw the same fate. It is the only left patch of natural forest in clamped-up Mumbai. A number of endangered animals including leopards reside there. The state government wanted to build a Metro (subway) train shed there. The protestors and environmentalists argued that it can always be constructed somewhere else that does not detriment the natural resources. In fact, they offered practical solutions and alternatives for the land that can be used. They were always in support of Metro as it will help decrease pollution. But how can a government led by insensitive, illiterate, climate change deniers agree to anything sensible? 2700 trees were cut in one night. The protestors were detained for trying to save trees. Paid online trolls termed these activists as against ‘development’. It won’t end here. It’s a big game of real estate developers and government. They will turn it into a concrete forest soon. As per the latest report, a financial nod has been given to construct a zoo there. Clear forest land to build a zoo. Conscientious stupidity?

All these claims of “the government will plant more trees” always fall flat. One, because the richness and diversity of natural forests can never be replaced by man-made forests. Two, because the claim of ‘increased green cover’ is false as they are including agricultural land in forest cover. Talk about twisting definitions! Three, you plant a sapling. More than 50% of them die in the first year.

Why such rampant ignorance? Instead of raising voices against such annihilation, there are people who were defending the need for concrete in the midst of a forest and people who were defending Amazon forest fires as a natural phenomenon. They do not care for logic as long as they are supporting their king who hoodwinks them with jingoism and religious rhetoric.

Rings a bell, America? Unfortunately, democracy has become a misnomer almost everywhere.

The number of environmental protection laws that’s been diluted under the current US government is baffling. The latest to join the list is the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the ban on Elephants’ Trophy Hunting was lifted. Scrapping clean power plan, loosening regulations on toxic air pollution, reinterpreting the Migratory Birds treaty act and dropping climate change from the list of national security threats; the list is seemingly endless.

Anger, frustration and hopelessness dance around seeing this mass destruction! Can we do anything?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

Let’s be the crusaders of ecology.

We all need to become nature activists to protect our home from ignorant nincompoops and greedy vultures.  Education and Empathy, two E’s we need today in most of these countries where the so-called “development” is becoming a slow poison. World leaders have to be accountable for ineffective environmental policies and work. What development are we talking about when half the world still doesn’t have access to clean air and clean drinking water? Why are they called people’s representatives when they are giving nods to projects that are destroying our lungs? The corporates, the leaders should be held responsible by law. It goes without saying that whatever we can do on an individual level to reduce carbon-footprint should be our duty.

Nature’s wrath is already affecting us. We all have to raise voice against the injustice done against the whole humanity by some of these scum who think they can eat and breathe money when the eco-system collapses.

May we see the interconnection of nature and mankind and save ourselves from the epidemic of ignorance!

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5 comments on “Are we destroying ourselves?

  1. Maeve T
    November 16, 2019

    APPLAUSE to you, Swati! Greta Thunberg & Margaret Mead are heroes to the entire world. As long as there are people who care & do their best, there will always live a tiny bit of hope somewhere in the world. We need more people to care, but of course apathy of the general public has always been a problem. I believe that is a direct result of the demons, a.k.a. federal governments of the world, that do their ultimate best to mislead & sway the public in regard to how it benefits the politicians’ pockets. — How do we change that? Would a united gigantic social media campaign help get enough citizens on board for helping Earth? For helping human beings? We can only try!

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    • Swati Singh
      November 18, 2019

      Beautifully said, Maeve. We don’t know what would work but we should keep trying to remove this apathy — bit by bit. It’s our collective responsibility towards the planet we live on.
      Thanks for reading and sharing. Your support means a lot. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • Maeve T
        December 1, 2019

        Any time, Swati — we do have to ban together and keep fighting the good fight. It is the only way.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Eliza Waters
    November 15, 2019

    Hear, hear! Well put, Swati. I just learned about this upliftig site which you may find of interest: http://half-earthproject.org

    Liked by 1 person

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