The known universe is filled with countless galaxies. Yet, Earth is the only planet that we know of where life exists. Our blue planet in the infinitely vast universe, has everything–from water and air to land and greenery that create and sustain life.
But life on Earth didn’t just appear one fine morning, like magic out of thin air. About 4.5 billion years ago, scientists theorise, Earth was nothing but a red-hot, molten planet with a poisonous atmosphere. Over the next few millions of years, something miraculous happened. Eventually, Earth had rocky terrains, breathable atmosphere, ice, oceans, rains, and finally, life.
Earth has come a miraculously long way to become a habitable planet, home to millions of species. But today, it is well on its way to losing everything because of man’s selfish nature. For long, we have taken the planet for granted. In the name of progress, we have exploited natural resources and turned a blind eye to industrial sludge, oil spillage, vehicular emissions and other toxic pollutants.
In our greed for her resources, we have subjected Mother Earth to melting glaciers, soil erosion, radical climate changes, and extinction of species. Many fail to understand how these larger phenomena affect us. But we need only look at Ulaanbaatar to see how thick smog can eclipse the sun, or at Cairo to see how climate change can make it snow even in a desert!
Many of us are of the opinion that conservation is the objective of developmental organisations. This is where we stumble. It is time we realised it is every individual’s responsibility to do our bit for Mother Earth. On the eve of International Earth Day, Soulveda takes a closer look at our blue planet, the risks it faces, and what we can do to save our home before it’s too late.
We know clean air is important, that oxygen is the essence of life. Yet, we rarely seem motivated enough to make the planet pollution-free.
When one animal species becomes endangered, it triggers the loss of another in the ecosystem, thereby destroying the balance, and jeopardising lives.