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Save the environment: If the soil disappears the soul disappears
The planet we abuse and the living things we kill take their revenge. For their presence we are diminishing our future. Humankind is paying the bill for the industrial age - with a collapse of..
THE MODERN industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, and running streams and transforms it into a heap of junk, garbage, slim pit and debris.
Planet Earth is heading towards a bleak future - air conditioners in Srinagar, no rain in Cherapunji, Londoners without overcoat, Bangladesh under water and base camps almost at the top of the Everest!
The rentless burning of fossil fuels has released huge volumes of a number of dangerous gases, particularly carbon dioxide. Simultaneously, large tracts of forests, which help to absorb carbon dioxide are being rapidly destroyed.
The resultant “greenhouse effect” is leading to global warming and catastrophic after effects.
Climate change and global warming are no more esoteric ideas for scientists to discuss and debate, nor are they just subjects of some complex international treaties and agreement - hotly debated in summits by politicians and policy makers.
One of the most serious impacts on climate change would be on our health. Intensification of heat wave each year means dehydration, heat stroke, and cardiovascular collapse.
Recent research has shown that there will be a steady increase in the number of deaths due to heat waves in Delhi itself.
The linkage between global climate changes in public health will lead to plethora of problems, replication of pathogens in the environment, increase in vector borne diseases such as malaria, chickengunya and dengue. Floods lead to water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. Whereas drought means reduction of food availability resulting in malnutrition and mental disorders.
The pathogens are also quick to adapt the changes in the climate and therefore becoming tougher to tackle!
Green peace India has found per capita carbon footprints among the urban affluent Indians generates 1.3 KG of carbon dioxide, a geyser emits 3.3 KGs carbon and the list goes on with computers, televisions, cars, iPods, and washing machines, etc.
Planet earth is not in jeopardy rather is it we humans along with myriad other species who are at the brink of the sixth greatest extinction. Tragically, we humans are contributing to our collective demise.
Earth can withstand volcanic eruptions, tectonic cataclysms and ice ages but the canny, intelligent, prolific and extremely self-centered human creature has proven himself capable of more destructions of life than Mother Nature herself.
A fine balance needs to be reached between the cost of paying to pollute and the cost of cleaning up the industry - for the human population to survive in the next millennium. I would like to end by reminding  - if the soil disappears the soul disappears.
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