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Why We Must Forget Individual Greed To Protect The Environment

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World Environment Day is celebrated to combat activities that threaten and harm the environment so that we can control environmental degradation and natural destruction by any means. On this occasion, young health scientist Dr. Sinchan Das has shown a light of hope and identified several unnoticed or overlooked factors, which may play an important role in preventing environmental degradation and destruction.

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We generally focus on macroscopical and gross degrading agents, like cutting of trees, plastic pollution, different polluting gases, medi-waste and many others; but we overlook those factors that are contributing factors behind these macroscopic damages. To control environmental destruction, we have to behave more wisely; biased strategies under the influence of narrow business policies will not show any positive results. Our dimension of interest must be free from any bias and narrow boundaries. We have to think beyond all the boundaries and obviously from the top to bottom.  Dr Das says, “If we have to survive or live in this nature, we have to preserve her. Otherwise, nature will remove us as a diseased part. We cannot ignore the interrelationship between natural phenomena, our mind and body. Even to balance environmental imbalance there lies a major role of population control. As consumers consume to satiate their needs, and for that, every person is willing to expend a price for the object which relates to the utility one extracts from it, we as consumers are driven in this world to trade, to live our lives the best way we can. But for that purpose, we misuse natural resources and design several products that create damage.” 

“Nature is balanced, where all the elements (living and non-living) live harmoniously under a strict principle.” There is no segregation among natural elements for nature. We, humans, are responsible for every classification and segregation, which are entirely faulty and worthless. We talk about the human society very frequently, we have designed several rules and regulations in the society by depriving other elements of nature. We have a lucrative name to our blunders, like cutting trees for the establishment of high-rise buildings, killing animals for food habits and for business purposes (leather goods, different household products made with animal parts) e.t.c. In this manner, we are destroying the entire ecosystem and natural balance continuously. By damaging these and adapting different faulty habits, we are still designing more and more practices which lead to gross damage. Damages are not confined within the domain of materialistic world. Remember this, there is nothing as individual in this society, every single deviation of any natural component must contribute a considerable amount of disturbance in the environment, a collection of all may cause a gross irreversible damage in the greater energy field of this environment.

Dr Sinchan designed some criteria to make a healthy environment, like

  1. Change your thoughts from the hyper-individualistic prospect to the social prospect.
  2. Stop violence by any means and erase every negative word from your dictionary.
  3. Try to care for all the natural components, because all are equally important for the maintenance of social equilibrium.
  4. Plant more and more trees, especially an industrial area or a vat must be surrounded by bi-layer or tri-layer of big trees; every housing complex must constitute greenery within them; every street must be lined with a series of trees along the sides; every school, college and other institutions must possess greenery.
  5. Try to introduce more comfortable, environment friendly public vehicles, which result in less fluid consumption, less pollution, less unnecessary expenditure.
  6. Boycott any kind of addictive substances from your habits. There is nothing as momentary, each minutest deviation leaves an impression, most of which are transmitted generation after generation with more complexity and harm.
  7. Try to manage medi-wastes and other wastes in an environment free manner. To control one step we are continuously adapting other many wrong steps and trying to hide those in a very cheap manner.
  8. Avoid any type of amusements, which may harm nature by any means.

It must be kept in our mind that humans are just a minute part of this nature like other plants, animals, birds etc. So, to satisfy our superiority complex, manipulating nature is a worthless and dangerous practice. Be healthy, live healthy and make healthy.

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