It is to be admitted that growth or development and protection of environment are contradictory by birth. Industrial growth and related activities make their own impact on environment. So attaining a judicious equilibrium among society, economy and environment will be the most pragmatic solution. In 1987 the United Nations Brundtland Report, which is also known as “Our Common Future ” defined sustainable development as a process that fulfils the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Gro Harlem Brundtland was appointed by Javier Perez de Cuellar, former Secretary General of the United Nations in December 1983, as a result of the realization that there was serious deterioration of environment and natural resources). It is undeniable that from the time when human beings started thinking and acting as they are supreme, devastation of environment became rapid.
Now, nations and people all over the world came to understand that turning a blind eye to these mindless activities would be suicidal. Elder people remind us of a practice prevalent till not very long ago – that if someone has to fell a tree for the construction of his house or for some unavoidable reason, he prays to the tree itself for pardon. Then he requests for permission from the birds and other living creatures dwelling on that tree and finally begs for pardon to Mother Earth because, the tree falls on her. Before flatly rejecting this as meaningless ritual we should try to understand the message it gives. This is the sign of compassion and reveals the importance of peaceful coexistence.
This makes it clear that we, humans are a mere ring in the chain of the ecosystem and we are bound to protect and preserve the earth for future generations. If this becomes our motto, sustained growth with minimum environmental damage will be not so difficult.
Author : K Neeni
Silk thread bangles are one of the current trends in today’s fashion market. Do you wonder how easy or difficult is it to make these bangles? Do you also want to try making one out? Check out this video of making a multi-colored silk thread bangle in easy and simple steps.
In the highly competitive present-day world we often hear elders lament that children of today are without childhood. Totally denying that statement would be difficult when we get into the matter. Even before breastfeeding is stopped kids are admitted to schools. “No teaching, just playful activities” and so on, are the justifications for sending kids to such institutions. In this age of nuclear families, parents have no other way except to depend on those schools to look after their children. Since both husband and wife have to go for work and no elders are with them in the home, they have no other choice. Sad thing is some people capitalize this situation and make money by starting “playschool” of sorts. The plight of small kids who cannot even express their feelings in words, and the nature of torture they have to undergo are beyond words. This doesn’t at all mean that all, or majority of play schools are like that.
As the school years (of course primary) start, many kids are busy with homework. Their plays and games are confined to video games and cellphone games. Most of these games are of destructive nature. This hamper their creativity and will have negative influence on them.
The fact that till recently people used to make toys with locally available things like paper, cardboard boxes, discarded containers, coconut palm leaf, stem of papaya leaf may be unbelievable to present-day children. They are accustomed to ‘set games’ and ready made toys. While making toys or something like that themselves, children were indirectly learning the lessons of visualization, procurement of items, execution of project etc. Games such as football, volleyball, basketball and cricket help inculcate discipline, team work, dedication etc.
Nowadays majority of families have one or two kids. Parents even go beyond their limits to fulfill the needs and demands of their kids. The underlying reason is that they want their children to grow without facing the sufferings they had to undergo. At the same time, as the aim of education is reduced to scoring high marks in examinations, “study, study” is what children hear from parents every now and then. Children are made to believe that low marks in examinations are the end of everything. Scoring low marks or failing in a subject will be unthinkable to them.
The advice of a psychologist is worth mentioning in this context. He tells parents to make sure that their kids are participating in games and plays. Not for the sake of physical fitness or something like that. But just to make them understand that there are failures also in life and they can overcome that situation and come off with flying colors.
Author : K Neeni
Niagara Falls is probably the most famous waterfalls in the world. Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls – the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lies on the border of the United States and Canada, with the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls entirely on the American side. The Falls drop on the highest spot from more than 50 meters and every minute it conveys around 110,000 Cubic meters of water on an average.
In the present day world one need not be an environmentalist to understand the importance of environment protection. Most of the people are aware that extreme changes in climate is related with deforestation, river pollution, sand mining etc. Terms such as ozone layer depletion, green gas emission have become familiar words. This shows the increased level of awareness about environment among people. But this awareness level is not at all consolatory when considering the severity and gravity of the issue. As another “World Environment Day” passed by on June 5, countries and people should make an introspection about their role in deteriorating the situation and find out possible remedial measures. U S President Donald Trump’s statement to abandon Paris Agreement on climate change cast a shadow on this year’s World Environment Day. Being a hard-won agreement to make the world safer, the consequences of U S President’s decision will be far reaching and affecting future generations. Nobody expected such an action. The objective of this landmark agreement adopted by 195 countries on December 12, 2015, is to prevent an increase in the global average temperature and keep it below 2 degree C. Paris Agreement which replaced Kyoto Protocol was ratified last November. As far as the financial side is concerned, developing countries need huge funds to adapt and mitigate climate changes effected by global warming. Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the U N Fund for developed countries to route funds to developing countries for this purpose. The crucial factor is that United State’s decision to exit from the agreement would impede global initiatives to curb global warming. Reports point out that U S is responsible for 21% of the current carbon stock in the atmosphere.
As we know this year’s theme of World Environment Day is “Connecting People to Nature – in city and on the land, from the poles to the equator “. U N designated June 5 as World Environment Day and started celebrating this day since 1974. This year’s theme inspires us to go out and see nature around us. Just relax and ponder on the position of human beings in the nature. With the scientific advancement and resultant achievements it seems people started to forget the fact that they are just another inhabitants of earth. The disrespect and destruction of environment by the so-called civilized and highly advanced people are disgraceful to total humanity. The avarice of man is the main reason for the pathetic situation of this planet. In a world where money rule the roost, expecting otherwise would be ridiculous.
There is every reason to assume that our past generations were more considerate towards environment. In our quest to conquer every thing and amass wealth we forget the truth that this life is mere transitory. Instead of respecting Mother Nature for her bounty, we are destructing environment without any considerations by our deeds. Irrational activities in the name of development make irrecoverable losses to environment and would make the life of our children and grandchildren unbearable. In this context, words such as renewable energy, sustainable development, eco-friendly attitude etc, become more meaningful. But we are forgetting the simple truth that we are indebted to environment and it is our duty to preserve nature and pass on to next generation conducive for happy and healthy life. Trying to measure this effort in terms of money is illogical. With all humility we have to accept that certain things are beyond that limit. How can we redeem nature’s gift like clean air and natural water or rather how can we fix the price of such gifts. It is our duty to use them cautiously and preserve them. As Secretary General of U N Antonio Guterres said “we all have a role to play in protecting our only home. We can use less plastics, drive less, waste less food and teach each other to care”. Let us play our role seriously and responsibly.
Author : K Neeni
Wasting of anything is not at all a good habit. Wasting food is a heinous crime against human race in a world where people die without food. Thanks to the efforts of global organizations and agencies, food waste and food loss are being discussed widely to find out solutions. Food loss and food waste are to be tackled at different levels. More concerted and coordinated efforts are inevitable to prevent food loss. This may happen at the time of harvest, during transportation and so on. There are limitations for the individual to curb food loss. But at the same time individuals can play a great role to realize the goal of prevention of food waste. Majority of people are not aware of the tragic consequences of food waste. Worldwide scenario of food loss and food waste is alarming. Rough estimate shows that one in three persons is not getting enough food. Forget about the nationwide or global actions to prevent food loss. Every individual can contribute to a great extent to stop food waste that can be termed as diabolical crime against humanity.
Just think of the effort to produce a spike of corn, a tuberous root, pulses, legumes, any fruit or for that matter, any edible. At the same time, the share of other factors including resources like water, time required to get yield, adverse circumstances during this period, natural calamities etc. should not be forgotten. Wasting food simply means disrespect and disgrace to the toil and vigil endured by the people concerned to produce those crops. Leave alone the case of resources etc. Hypocrisy and false prestige contribute greatly to food waste. Many are hesitant to order items in low quantity especially at hotels and such public places. It seems some are under the impression that this will belittle them among others. The argument “we are paying for it” is totally absurd, to put it mildly.
Forgetting the total effort, time and related hardships to cultivate the ingredients of the food item you ordered cannot be justified. One has to bear in mind that it was not produced exclusively according to his/her order. Understanding the full effort to produce those ingredients as a whole provides an entirely different picture.
A story in circulation is worth sharing in this context. A teacher casually asks his students which food is tastier. Students gave the names of food items that relish them. Teacher turns his attention to a student who comes from a very poor family and contributing his little mite to help his parents. He hesitantly stood up and said: “Hunger. Hunger makes any eatable tasty’’. That answer really is an eye opener to all those who waste food.
Author : K Neeni