We live in a complex world. It is not only heliocentric but also anthropocentric. The human impact on nature has increased above the assimilating capacity of the Earth over the last millennia. Now, we experience nature’s backlashes. Yesterday’s human misdeeds are the cause of today’s environmental tragedies. Future generation will suffer due to today’s over-exploitative, unwise and unethical human interaction with nature. How do we face this grim reality? Is there a way out? Is there any hope for tomorrow? Dr. Shaju Thomas explains. The author is a senior Fellow for science writing and communication of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.
The current reality is quiet dismaying. Habitat degradation, biodiversity depletion, extinction of species, overexploitation of resources, pollution, acid rain, ozone depletion, greenhouse effect, global warming and ultimately climate change – the list is long. All these are due to the actions of ours as well as our own ancestor’s greedy and all-consuming attitude toward the biosphere and its resources.
We are proud that we live a more comfortable life than our ancestors did. We have physical comforts and we revel in it. But, what about our mental comfort? Are we in harmony with nature? Only a few enjoy the so-called physical comforts. The majority are without those comforts and toil hard day in and day out to make ends meet. Their lives become more miserable due to the accumulating environmental problems. They have no potable water, no fresh air to breath, no quality food to eat. Still, we talk about development. Development, at the cost of environment! It is time to change the mindset and the priorities.
(Read the full article in the June Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)