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The concerns of our planet Earth

india Updated: Jun 05, 2010 00:34 IST

Earth, the planet that we live upon, has been around for millions of years, but never in its history has it been so threatened by total extinction or even partial devastation. There are plethora of problems that our planet is facing now due to the atrocities that have been committed on it by mankind.

To overcome from these problems we celebrate World Environment Day every year. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Biodiversity - Ecosystems Management and the Green Economy”. Let’s take a journey through what the planet has gone through and how we could probably still salvage the situation.

The problems that we face

One of the major problems that we face is that we fail to give back what we take from nature. With the population boom that the recent times has seen, a lot of natural resources have been utilised without care being actually taken to maintain a balance with nature. While a few of these natural resources can be replaced by nature over time, most of these actually take millions of years to reform. Among them, natural gases and fuel like petroleum are finally starting to run low, considering they take millions of years to form. Unabated release of gases has lead to the ozone being lost at places in the atmosphere, thus letting the harmful ultraviolet rays through.

The Way Ahead

The global leaders of the world are finally standing up and are implementing ways and methods to contain the damage that has already been caused to the planet. On the personal end, every person should make an honest effort of trying to save as much natural resources as one can. Also, keeping the planet clean should come naturally to every individual. By following simple steps, one can actually make a difference to the planet that we have been living on since such a long time. It’s high time that we gave back at least a part of what we took from the planet.