Saturday, 20 July 2019

The olden days




In the olden days before the industrial revolution, human life was more closely related to nature. Let me take an example, closer to home, a simple indian village life. 

Each house would have tulsi (basil) plant in their veranda, this would be worshipped daily, always reminding us that the trees were essential to our life. The largest tree in the village will be where everyone will gather to talk about day's events, this is where the panchayat will resolve any conflict. Even in children stories, grandma will always talk of the ghost on peepal tree and the children will be terrified crossing the tree even in during daylight.


Nature was integrated into our customs and traditions seamlessly so that we could appreciate and respect it. In today's world where we don't touch trees, where we don't have stories surrounding them, how do we expect the generations to care about deforestation? Stories have power, customs build sensitivity and we need to rely on them to create a society where we respect nature.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Blinders




People tell me, why do I talk about the climate, conservation and all these depressing things. As if, it is my fault. As if I am taking some inner joy in removing their self implanted blinders. But do you even acknowledge these are blinders? Do you know the truth that we are hiding ourselves from? I hope you do. 

But forgive me, I will not be part of the story that decides it will only focus on the one side, the ignorant one. I will speak my truth, the truth, that the time to action is now, we need to change NOW. 

Then and only then do we have any hope of survival. 

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Grow Faster


It is said that plants grow faster if you talk to them with love and affection, if they hear soothing voices. How intelligent they may be to be able to distinguish between a voice full of affection and a voice of anguish, mind you, this is from a species who has no oral capacity. How fascinating that they can interpret what they don't know to produce. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Don't take me for granted



I hate it when people take me for granted!! I mean, I do care about many people and will do absolutely anything for them. But does that give them the right to take me for granted, treat me bad, disrespect me? So yes, even if I love them, when someone takes me for granted, I try to teach them some lesson so that they start recognizing me for who I am!!


Isn't this true for all of us? We all want to be treated with respect. Then why would Earth be any different? We still don't know of any other planet with livable condition. So this planet has given us our life, everything we ever valued. She should have been treated with respect. Instead we exploited her, abused her, killed her other children over and over again. If now she wants to teach us a lesson, get her dignity back, whose fault would it be?


When we teach someone a lesson, it is generally small. Because we are small individuals, having very small impact on each other. But what about the planet? If her generosity made everything possible, her lesson can take all of those things away from us, in a flash. 


Remember, only the biggest love is capable of the biggest hatred!!


Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Torture is Torture


Torture is torture. If you tied a human and kept them starving to condition them, will that not be criminal activity? Will these activities be justifiable because of a small group's economic development? If there is no excuse for this kind of behaviour when it comes to humans, why is it fine towards animals?

Elephant chained to break their spirit, cow tied away from its hungry calf, tigers in cages taught to perform tricks, why are these activities so prevalent and acceptable?

These are beings with feelings, who don't understand our greed, don't understand the reason we are causing them this pain. Just because they can't protest through words, their pain doesn't become acceptable. At the end, torture is torture.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Future of our Children


Once upon a time the oceans were full of majestic whales, sharks. Their numbers were so great that from many places around the world, they could be seen right from the shore. Commercial whaling for oil wiped out 80-90% of the whale population. Now they are so scarce that only those willing to travel and pay exorbitant prices to a handful of privileged countries to have some whales roaming the sea around them.
Once upon a time there were lakhs of tigers. Now only a few thousands of those striped beauties exist in the wild. Once there were birds chirping everywhere. Flocks of migratory flamingos painting landscapes pink every year. There were many elephants and rhinos, before human greed started wiping them out of the face of the earth.
Once upon a time there was forest everywhere, clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, chemical free food to eat. But it's all gone now, thanks to over exploitation of these natural resources for commercial purposes. Days are gone when the arctic regions had ice cover all year around, which so many species still depend on for their survival.
We always want to earn more, save more for our future generations. We aspire better lives for them than we ever could achieve. But is that only measured in money? What if in this pursuit, we pollute the air that they breathe, we pollute their water, their soil, rob them off their chance to live a healthy, disease free life, a prosperous life in perfect harmony with nature?
When the soil to grow our children's food will be full of cancer causing chemicals, the air will have more greenhouse gas than oxygen causing respiratory illnesses, the oceans will have more plastic than marine species, when the climate will change so erratically that natural disasters will be everyday causes of death, when the whole ecosystem will be broken and many magnificent creatures extinct, when the whole lifetime of our children and their future generations will be spent on failed attempts to clean up the mess we are now creating, when there will be no return from the wrath of the environment, if your child asks you, what did you do to protect my future, will you have an answer?

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Breathe



The basic function of life is breathing, that's how we know we are alive. For healthy mind and body, it is advised to take deep breaths. American Institute of Stress says the best stress buster is breathing, focused breathing.

But do you know what are we breathing? Do you know how much polluted this air is? Mumbai’s PM10 levels, pollutants arising from dust pollution, has increased by 64 per cent over 10 years. These fine dust particles can easily enter the lungs causing health and breathing issues. Is science telling us to breathe, or not to breathe? Breathe in this air, is it even air or just pollution?