Like every other species, man was also created to co-exist with nature. There was a balance between the two which was maintained and honored throughout the history of time. Man’s influence on nature had been insignificant before. As he evolved and explored the vastness of nature, he left behind his traces which nature incorporated without bias. Nature loyally served as the shelter and reservoir of resources for man to grow and sustain.
However this delicate balance was tipped by our greed. We multiplied quicker than what nature could absorb. The interdependence however remained intact. Whatever damage nature bore, it affected our race in return. Incurable diseases, gene mutations, defunct growth and reduced average lifespan are all directly or indirectly consequences of pollution, global warming, deforestation, oil spills, etc.
Nature selflessly provides all the resources for life to exist and improve. For instance, 121 registered drugs are produced from plants, 25% of all the pharmaceutical ingredients come from forests, and this is when we have not even tested 1% of the world’s flora for medicinal properties. Needless to say, we are rapidly losing the chance to do so. Reports suggest around 50% of the world’s flora and fauna could cease to exist before the next century.
Our planet provides us everything right from necessities to luxuries. Even though we have been to Moon and beyond yet around a billion people sleep hungry every day. And this number is bound to increase if we continue on the spree of harming the nature. According to the UN an area of fertile soil the size of Ukraine is lost every year. If current trends of soil degradation continue in Africa, the continent might be able to feed just 25% of its population by 2025 reports UN’s Ghana-based Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.
Some environmental experts still believe that it’s not too late. Adequate actions implemented with the right intent can help all forms of life to co-exist in harmony with each other. We may believe that we have become the masters of this planet, but we are still at the mercy of Mother Nature. It’s about time we understand the responsibility of safeguarding our planet. For there is no better time to realize what goes around surely comes back.