Earth is home to around 8.7 million species. Their life, and the fate of the blue planet itself, now lies in the hands of the younger population of humans who have to clean the mess left behind by their forefathers.
It’s ironic how the destroyers have become the saviours of the planet. The earliest human civilisation known to man is only 6,000 years old. Yet, we already have taken so much from the planet that soon we will need another Earth to feed our greed. Is there another planet like ours? We don’t know. And by the looks of the dire state our planet is in, we never will.
Earth has given us life, the most precious and invaluable thing. What have we given to the planet in return? We dump tons of waste every year that is slowly but surely killing our planet. To add some perspective, we have already produced almost one billion ton worth of waste in just half a year. If that is not scary enough, we also drop 8 million tons of plastic waste into the oceans every year. And in the same period, we dump almost 50 million tons of electronic waste in Asian and African countries.
We all know what industrial waste, deforestation, exploiting natural resources can do to our planet. Global warming, melting ice sheets, rising sea level, depleting ozone layer, climate change—the devastation is occurring from all corners. Environmentalists have predicted that the end of 2020 will determine whether the wounds inflicted on the environment by our negligence will turn fatal or not.
“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” — John Paul II
Now, the future generation has taken the matter in their own hands. Young eco-warriors like Greta Thunberg (17), Destiny Watford (20), Annabel Caren Clark (18), Ridhima Pandey (11), Shalvi Shakshi (12), Gautam Dayal (17), Bilal Ahmad (18), are fighting on the frontlines of the war against climate change. This World Environment Day, Soulveda gets candid with one such eco-warrior, Mehak Bhargava, the founder of Millennials for Environment (MFE), to find out how the millennials hope to save the planet.