Sometime back, I chanced upon one of Radhika’s thoughts labelled with the hashtag #kats-twittering-tale. An approximation of over hundred posts would be what I skim through on a daily basis. That which fascinates my brain bags a ‘like’, then there are posts like these that goes straight to my head with no statutory warning. Before I decide to go easy on its intricacies, the message pricks my heart like a strategically well-aimed harpoon. I don’t enjoy them like poems, I cannot simply forget them either.
Among all the insecurities I possess, the one that haunts me often is the thought of living in a world that runs out of natural resources (Insecurity #1). If this phobia has a proper moniker in dictionaries, wordsmiths are welcome to bring it to my notice.
A decade ago, when some of our local genuises predicted a future where we have to pay a king’s ransom for packaged water (slang: can water), I literally laughed at the augury. I recall this incident whenever the can-water guy empties my husband’s hard earned money in exchange of plain water, the resource my parents and grandparents once enjoyed for free.
It isn’t just water that we are running out of. Have you ever pitied the trees that get cut along the roadsides? Well, let’s better not, for it is you and me who invest on one of the concrete cubes that pops out of the same (or a similar) place. We often get carried away with our tendencies to plan, earn and invest on the materialistic dreams too much that we fail to notice the significant damage we (in)directly cause to the natural resources of our mother earth.
Insecurity #2 Is it just me who worries about the plastics that keep piling up in the oceans? Oh how much do we cringe at the mere thought of animal turd being accumulated inside our rooms? Wouldn’t the fish think of our non-biodegradable wastes the same way? If only they had a sixth sense to retaliate, the seas would still remain blue.
The problem with mankind is our inability to prioritize between what is urgent and important. While greed deeds clump together in the name of urgency and steal the entirety of our lifetime, natural resources that are supposed to be carefully exploited are mercilessly squelched despite their importance. We always think our role as an environmentalist is fulfilled if we forward a “Go green” message to a hundred other so-called environmentalists who spread the message further. In real, when it comes to safeguarding the natural resources, a message isn’t a necessity at all (especially those flashy “Go green” banners with the faces of political hotshots in them). The need of the hour is to Act and Replenish what has been already lost.
In addition to the known humane responsibilities like growing trees and saving water, as a parent, let us also practice and establish minimalism in our lives. It is the only way to add clarity to the Green revolution concept our children are going to learn from books. We are responsible for the carbon footprint of our child(ren) as well. Screw the Government, they do not give a damn about preserving Nature unless it increases their success quotient in the next election or atleast not until Nature gets its own voting right.
If you think depletion of natural resources is an inevitable part of development or urbanization, let us simply step backward and remain under-developed to make this world a better place. Offbeat, I know. *facepalm*