Humans are invading this planet in a way as if no other creature belongs here. According to the Global Forest Watch of World Resources Institute’s (WRI), only within 2018, we have lost tropical tree forest cover equal to 30 football fields every minute. Amounting up to 12 million hectares of loss throughout the year.

Every human must know that there is no tree or an animal that depends on a human to live unless they are taken away from its natural environment. Plant succession is such a beautiful story about how trees protect each other to establish their community and evolve in a given environment. No human needs to tell them when to grow and which one should come next. So are animals.

But human? We human need oxygen produced by plants. We cannot produce our own oxygen. We need water that gathered and protected by plants on this earth. We need food. Either plants or animals. Still, big-headed humans think he is superior.

Human is only a part of this big diverse ecosystem that has a 1.5 liter brain. Around us, live around 8.7 million species of plants and animals. That’s only land species and the sea species we assumed to have discovered.

But we, live in such a selfish manner disregarding every other living being.

Need settlements? Clear that forest, chase all those animals.

Need a playground? Clear all those trees, those animals won’t come striking.

Need to find the hunt? Burn the forest.  

Need a golf ground? Just take down that watershed, there’s enough water.

Need electricity? Just block that small water stream. Fish will move somewhere if they want.

Need sand? Take as much as you want, let the environment people shout.

This has been the thinking of human over the years. The consequence?

“We need water to cultivate, government should give us water”.

“It’s too hot, the government should take measures”.

“The seawater comes upstream, we won’t stop sand mining the government should give us clean water….”

“Elephants destroy our crops, attack people, the government should build an electric fence or give us guns”, etc… etc..

The government should, but not all this. It is the government’s responsibility to protect the environment as well. The government is the guardian of every animal and every plant in its jurisdiction. They cannot make a voice, it is the government’s responsibility to care for all kinds of living beings. With the recent outbreak of Covid-19, this was the lesson taught to us humans by nature. No species is superior in the eyes of nature. You mess it, you pay for it! Thus it is time to pay heed to our own actions and be considerate towards nature.

By admin

I am Chalani H.T. Rubesinghe (Bsc. Nat.sc., MSc Env. Sc.). Being an environmental officer was my destiny rather than my desire. My favorite area of study is environmental toxics. I have performed research on chemicals in the environment and in consumer items, also shared those findings with the general public, during my carrier as an environmental officer. This website is an extension to that work in which I share my interests and stories. Do leave a comment if you enjoyed this article.

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