“You are the earth, I am the earth, the earth is dying, you and I are the murderers.”
We continuously exploit nature to not only satisfy our needs but sadly, even our greed and overlook the damage this causes. This “none of my business” attitude has had a devastating effect on our planet, because of which it is constantly degrading. What we need to do is to live in such a way that today’s “developments” don’t become tomorrow’s poison.
Sustainable lifestyle is thus the need of the hour, as it attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of resources.
We need to realise that not only have we received our earth from our forefathers but also borrowed it from our future generations, hence it is our responsibility to conserve it. Sustainable lifestyle provides the most effective and easy way to do so as it can be adopted by everyone if they make little changes to their daily habits and can result in transforming our lives and the whole world for the better. Therefore, it is not an “option” for those whose conscience has been pricked but a necessity, a duty of each and every person who lives on this planet, or else very soon we might lose our Mother Earth, our home.
So, the next time if you have to go somewhere, use public transport. Close the taps after usage, switch off that extra bulb, because your small steps today, can save our big planet tomorrow.
(The author is a Class 10 student at Mount St Mary’s School, Delhi Cantt)