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  • Prof. Ketan Vyas

Conserve now for better tomorrow !

On July 28, an annual event known as Conservation Days is held. In order to maintain a stable and healthy society, this day points out the need to preserve a healthy environment and natural resources. The basic goal of World Conservation Day is to save plants and animals that are in danger of extinction. The day is celebrated to point out the need to keep intact the various components of nature such as flora, fauna, energy resources, soil, water and air. On this day, special emphasis is also placed on the importance of preserving the environment for future generations. In order to live a healthy life and keep our planet healthy for future generations, we must not only celebrate the day, but also take some responsibility towards our earth and nature.

What does it remind?

The celebration of Conservation Day on June 28 is a reminder to us - to all of humanity - who keep consuming or destroying much of the earth's components for our comforts, luxuries and various basic needs. Are we, in turn, doing something for the preservation of nature or taking necessary steps? Yes, because many hands have now joined together worldwide, with the spirit of virtue in mind, pain in heart and concern for Mother Earth and the surrounding nature. And no, because we are knowingly or unknowingly victims of nature by destroying nature - its various parts and resources - in the name of using resources for a better lifestyle. Yes, it is true at the same time.

How do we humans harm our earth and nature, other living things and resources? If we need water, food, fruits and flowers, we have to take care of them all - reserve the water, preserve the food and take care of the healthy growth of the plants and trees. This is a fact, and we maintain it to a certain degree, with a certain amount of time, because it is a need - a visible aspect of it! Apart from that, we avoid, damage and destroy our nature by not being aware of the damage we do to it?

  • Extinction is taking place on a large scale

  • About one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction.

  • More reserves are needed

  • Only 12.5% of the Earth's land mass is designated as protected areas.

  • Expensive invasive species

  • The UK, US, India, South Africa, Brazil and Australia suffer a combined annual loss of $316 billion from invasive species.

  • Wildlife populations are in steep decline

  • The World Health Organisation's (W.W.F.) Living Planet Report 2020 finds that global population sizes of birds, amphibians, fish, mammals and reptiles declined by an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016.

  • Freshwater species declining fastest

  • Populations of freshwater wildlife species are declining disproportionately faster than others, by an average of 84% between 1970 and 2018.

How to observe this day?

1. Limit the use of plastic.

  • Plastic is cheap and very convenient, but it also has an impact on the environment.

  • Plastic products are not biodegradable and are an eyesore in our environment. Instead, switch to products that are made of degradable and natural components.

2. Check the e-waste

  • With the rapid pace of technological advancement, people are buying new electronic devices without thinking about where the old products end up.

  • Most of the e-waste produced is disposed of improperly. Try to reduce your e-waste and look for recycling opportunities before buying new products.

3. Save water

  • One of the biggest impacts of climate change is the decreasing amount of safe drinking water.

  • Simple measures like turning off faucets when not in use can save thousands of gallons of water a year.

Let us not forget to calculate the answer to the previous two questions and give ourselves a specific evaluation for our responsibility and love for our nature; and what is observed of us and to what extent we could and would play an eminent role in the preservation of our Mother Nature, which indeed offers the best on this earth! Let us not forget, if we accept our deeds and play the same role as we did for our parents, do we also have the same bond, the same respect and the same feeling of giving back to Mother Earth and Nature?

Nature takes care of us! We can start our day simply by saying "thank you" to nature - for all we have from her - life! Yes, life, resources around us, what we consume and live!

Let us celebrate this day as World Conservation Day and join the movement globally, even if invisibly, or individually by raising our voices in our hearts and shouting for what we do every day for our nature!

When we light a candle, we may be celebrating someone's birthday and making him or her happy; when we cut wood, we may be building a beautiful house to live in peace; when we light a fire, we may be getting a tasty meal to satisfy our tongues; if we light a lamp and use electricity, we spread light in our homes; if we carry or burn a plastic bag, we get more comfort when we go shopping - but if we do not give back to nature or pay interest, we must remember that comfort means dying sooner!

Whom we love the most, we harm the most! Who cares us the most, we keep consuming and consuming it more till it gets formed the worst! Few things reminding our duties towards our nature! ~ Ketan Vyas

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