THE ENVIRONMENTAL DAY ON 5TH JUNE 2021
Mother Nature by itself is pure
Spotless and beatific in every way
But we humans spoil its purity
By our own unethical activities so very strange
By not following the Laws of Nature.
The surrounding in which we live
In the atmosphere in which we exist
The way we live
Our life at our homes
At our work places
All depends on the awareness
About how best to keep going
By cleansing the surrounding
We live and survive
Despite some manmade impediments
In the form of water pollution
Adversely not merely humanity
But also plants, birds and marine life.
We’ve to cleanse the environment
Atmosphere and surrounding in which we live
Spoiling the surrounding means
Spoiling our chances of living in clean atmosphere
It happens when our greed takes precedence.
The environment encompasses all living beings
And the things which naturally exists
Not produced artificially with hands of humans
But originated by nature and natural phenomena
Inclusive of all eco-system naturally functioning
Along with microorganisms, land and what it has on it
Our environment is obviously boundless
It constitute all living beings and others things – just seamless
Along with natural resources contained inside the crust of land and over-ground
Resources like water, air, sun energy, weather, magnetism plus electric current
Then natural energy like radiation, electric current, eddy current and what not
Thus everything which has been created by Mother Nature
And maintained and run under the Natural Laws
We as humans should perfect the art of preservation of Nature and what it contains
Otherwise the Nature will have severe retribution onto the humans
When our mind gets polluted
We pollute the mother nature
By our own acts of omission and commission
Of exploiting the environment to meet our own selfish ends
By doing so, we spoil its balance
Which impacts our existence
Thus environment degradation
Degrades our own self more than usually
Therefore, we should try to learn how best to live naturally
In sync with natural laws.
Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June and helps us to remind us how best we should protect our environment from being polluted. The first environment day was held in 1974 to raise the environment issues confronting the mankind. This day has special significance since the world at large is experiencing extreme hardships related to health related and economic stringencies issues owing to Coronavirus pandemic. In order to inculcate awareness on protection of environment, it is necessary that all; individually and collectively make sincere effort in whatever way we can to contribute our mite in keeping the environment clean and protect it from pollutants which presently have multiplied manifold due to harmful viruses, germ and microorganisms which are adversely impacting the environment thus impacting the health and wellness of humanity.
On this day, we take pledge in keeping the environment neat and clean, wherein Sawachchta is the main thrust of the proponents. If environment is kept neat and tidy, it will keep us away from germs and viruses which presently is infested with viruses (such as Covid—19 pandemic) which are mutating without any warning. Covid-19 virus has adversely impacted the lives globally.
RESTORATION OF ECO-SYSTEM
In order to realize the aim of restoration of ecosystem, we should make it a social drive to plant more trees. This is not merely planting tree now and forgetting to maintain their growth. Our effort should be to ensure proper protection from storms and other elements – man made and natural ones.
It is not merely keeping our environment neat and clean but also cleanse our mind individually and collectively. By sanitization ourselves individually, we mean cleansing our mind off impurities dormant in us and spread it to outside our homes. We succeed when all of us realize that it is our prime responsibility to ensure holistic sanitation.
The environment is being adversely impacted by the following factors:
- Environmental pollution.
- Water pollution.
- Air pollution.
- Water pollution – water bodies including sea.
- Mental pollution.
POLLUTION OF ENVIRONMENT
When we talk about pollution, it means contamination of air, water, and sound pollution. How it is affecting our lives and the lives of all the living beings is known? The lives of general masses get affected by smog, the mixture of smoke and water droplets suspended in the air or fog. Smoke in the environment makes the fog harmful. Quality of air gets contaminated by the combination of poisonous gases, smoke and water vapors. It has the pungent smell and affects eyes and vision too besides other respiratory related diseases.
Evidently, air gets polluted basically due to smoke, poisonous gases coming out of the chimneys of industries and even from burning of coal, wood, vehicles and more so, particularly in capital Delhi wherein the pollution situation got accentuated due to burning of left-out stubs of rice crops including burning of other polluting agents by the farmers..
The smog, so created, was so severe and damaging that the Government had to take some urgent preventive measures to dissuade the farmers not to burn the left out of the crops, after Court’s strictures. Apex Court too intervened for not to burst crackers on Diwali festival. Bursting of crackers was there but in moderation thus limiting its effect. Last time, when the pollution was at its highest, the Government also ordered odd and even policy to regulate the plying of vehicles on the road thus helping to reduce the quantity of smoke.
The environment in which we live consists of four major elements, land, water, air and living organism; such as plants, birds, and animals. It is the misfortune that we humans have shown gross disrespect for the very environment which sustains us. Industrialization, deforestation, and overpopulation have polluted the environment to such an extent that there is already a doubt if life on this planet will survive for long. The increase in earth’s temperature due to greenhouse gases coming out of the burning of coal and fuels will also be hazardous for the inhabitants of this earth.
AIR POLLUTION AND ITS ADVERSE AFFECTS
Who is responsible for air pollution? Actually, we, all the population are responsible. There is not even an iota of doubt on this score. While walking on the evening walk, I saw a shopkeeper burning the coal from which a huge plume of smoke was emanating, then still ahead, a diesel operated generator was on, this too was spewing the huge amount of smoke. I asked the shop owners whether he knew that he was polluting the air by burning the coal or by operating the diesel generating set. The hypocrisy of theirs was laced with hideous counter question. Is all this pollution in the city due to the burning of coal or by operating diesel generating set?
If we want pollution to be controlled, all have to genuinely contribute and first and foremost is me. If I set an example, everybody else will follow suit and make the dream of keeping our cities pollution free.
ADVERSE EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION
If the quality of air is poor, it causes all sorts of breath related diseases like weakness of lungs due to inhaling of poor quality of air, respiratory problems, pneumonia due to infection of lungs, bronchitis (inflammation and swelling of passage from nose, to air passage to lungs, birth defects,
WATER POLLUTION AND ITS ADVERSE EFFECTS
As far as water pollution is concerned, we cannot hold others responsible. By our acts of omissions and commissions, we are throwing the dirt from our homes and also the pollutants or industrial wastes to rivers and other water-bodies thus polluting these. We know how the big rivers like the Ganges and the Yamuna including all other small rivers are being polluted by the affluent especially from leather-based industries and other waste products from other industries which are located near these rivers. The government has allocated several crores of rupees for cleaning Ganges and Yamuna but till such time all the inhabitants living on the banks of these rivers realize the importance of pollution-free Ganges and Yamuna besides other rivers along with all other water-bodies nothing concrete can happen. The cleaning and pollution-free rivers, lakes, ponds, tanks etc will remain a distant dream until such time we all know how much the polluted water can adversely impact our daily lives. We all are aware about the danger of polluted water of rivers flowing into the seas thus polluting the sea water too.
Then there is the problem of actions of some people throwing plastic items and mineral oil into the sea thus adversely impacting the marine lives there. It should be our responsibility not to throw used plastic items into the water bodies and seas.
The dirty water containing all sorts of pollutants such as lead, bacteria, wastes from leather industries, waste products from food processing industries, insecticides, and herbicides which could adversely affect the quality of water if not properly treated before falling into the river, it could have the harmful effect on the living beings.
With the consumption of polluted water; diseases like dysentery, typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, vomiting, liver infections, adversely affecting the immunity, malaria etc. will result.
Too much of noise created by the blaring of loudspeakers and blaring horns in a populated area could prove to be dangerous for the residents; especial the old, infirm and children.
Too much of exposure to noise pollution could create the impairment of hearing, lack of focus in studies, fatigue, abortion, anxiety, blood pressure etc.
When the soil is excessively exposed to chemicals such as lead, benzene, pesticide, herbicides (chemicals used for killing the unwanted plants) and other pollutants, it causes soil pollution.
Exposing our fields to more pesticides and other chemicals could prove to be counterproductive. Kidney and liver diseases, cancer, brain and nerve damage due to infectious ridden pollutants.
Conclusively, it could rightly be said that a person with polluted mind flourishes in the atmosphere of negativity. He creates situations and conditions which may pollute the environment in which he lives. Until such time such negative tendency is obliterated, we cannot expect much. Need is to turn his negativity into positivity. How best we succeed in our endeavor, depends upon our resolve and positive attitude coupled with our belief in Almighty God.
In Bhagwad Gita Dhanushdhari Arjuna question Lord Krishna: The mind is very fickle indeed O Krishna, turbulent, strong and obstinate. I think it is as impossible to control the mind as the wind.”
To which Lord Krishna replies:
It is very difficult to control the ever moving mind. However, O son of Kunti, through sincere practice and dispassionate detachment (vairagya), it can be achieved.
It is in the fitness of things to understand that there are some ill-conceived notions, unethical thoughts, immoral and Karmic deeds which pollute our mind. These negatively oriented are kama (lust) or uncontrolled passion. Further, when the person concerned is not able to satisfy his lust, he feels anger taking over. Alternatively, if his passion is satiated, then that person is lured into more greed. This does not stop here, he is under the spell of egocentric tendencies. Further, when that person observes something more alluring and tempting, he feels still greedier and there arises competition for more. If this happens, then it will not only impact our intellect and wisdom. The ultimate result is mind pollution or mind contamination.
There are occasions when our mind or psyche gets adversely affected by the outer negative influences. Need is to let love and understanding flow freely thus creating an atmosphere of amity in all walks of our lives; in our homes, neighbourhood, communities etc. The egocentric tendencies pollute the mind and result in violence, insensibilities, insincerity in action, greed, rancor, being judgmental about any matter etc. These negative oriented traits have to be removed and goodwill and wellness to prevail for enhancing the creative zeal to fructify.
A person with pure mind will have purity in thoughts and action, feels no fear of anything, feels confident that there is no enemy who can harm him, would be inclined towards charity to satisfy others’ needs, there would be prevalence of goodwill, a feeling of getting things with positive attitude; when somebody commits some mistake, we shall be forgiving and be forgetting and proceed on, we shall be humble in our dealings with others. Such people, with purity of mind, are rare humans who live their lives in spirituality orientation and are very dear to our Creator.
The crucial need is to keep away from all the negativities (Lust, anger, greed and jealousy, covetousness, rancor etc) by reining in our mind and senses by pure reason and rationality. If this happens, then there would be satiety, peace, and tranquility.
When the mind is contaminated with pollutants of negative thoughts like anger, lust, greed, and jealousy etc. then we cannot ensure our environment too pollution free because nothing can be expected from a person with the dirty/polluted mind. Such person thrives on negativity not only in his traits but also the environment around him would be teeming with dirt, filth, and pollutant. Such people, for aggrandizing their desires, can go to any limits even killing their own parents for getting riches.
A man with polluted mind has the following negative traits:-
- A polluted mind is a mind full of egotistic tendencies.
- A polluted mind believes in violence to get things done.
- A polluted mind is insincere and insensitive.
- A polluted mind is rigid in his views and does not respect tolerate others’ opinion.
- A polluted mind is a power hungry and to get this power such people can adopt any measures to get these.
- A polluted mind is inimical to the country he lives.
- A polluted mind cannot be trusted as he is attached to worldly possessions.
- A polluted mind is restless in his disposition.
HOW BEST TO TAKE CARE OF ENVIRONMENT
- By keeping the surrounding neat and clean so as to keep ourselves free from harmful germs and viruses such as Coronavirus pandemic which is haunting globally.
- We should plant more trees so as to get pure air as the tree take in Carbon Dioxide during the day time and emit Oxygen. In other words, trees act as the purifier agent. And there are trees such as Peepal trees which give out Oxygen day and night and take in Carbon Dioxide.
- Excessive effusion of smoke in the atmosphere which is creating excess temperature in the environment due to which the Antarctic ice-cover is melting including creation of glaciers increasing the level of oceans due to increase in temperature.
- We should not pollute the water bodies including sea water by throwing plastic items and mineral oil which adversely affects the marine life adversely. We are aware about the huge leakage of oils in the sea from the big containers kept in large ships.
- Our greed for exploitation the natural bounties; inside and outside the earth crust presents a critical situation and imbalances the natural balance which comes in the form of tsunamis, cyclones, storms, earthquakes and what not.