Celebrating Life: the Challenge to Preserve and Sustain a Balanced Ecology
Courage, Commitment, and Continuity
“In the end, we destroyed the heaven that was called earth. The earth had been beautiful until our spirit moved over it and destroyed all things.” These lines came from Bernard Backmann’s work entitled, “Reverse Creation.” It tells us that we humans are the cause why the world fades and is gradually changing. We now sit on the brink of environmental catastrophe and the damages we’ve inflicted upon our precious Earth have become almost irreversible. Inevitably, we as a culture will find a way for its sustainability but at what cost?
Most things on Earth have been in existence longer than we humans. Many changes have taken place since the beginning, many changes are happening right before our eyes, and many more changes will take place. The story of nature in action builds up to a climax, but it doesn’t end—it goes on and on. In nature, this climax has taken many years to develop; once in existence, though, it will stay as it is unless destroyed by wind, fire or man—or unless the climate changes.
Human activity has affected every part of the world, no matter how remote, in every ecosystem, from the simplest to the most complex. Our choices and intentions have transformed the natural world posing both great potentials and extreme dangers for the quality and sustainability of our global civilization, and for the intricate balances of nature. Never before have we been faced with a threat of such magnitude as the challenge to our very own survival and that of future generations. As the arbiters of the earth, we have a sacrosanct responsibility to hold, manage and protect that which nourishes us—our world.
Could we have foreseen the damaging effects of our continued growth and development throughout modern history? Did we see the prolonged effects of massive burning of fossil fuels? Or did we recognize the price that we would pay for the chemicals we mixed, used and allowed to pollute our water tables? Have we brought into check mankind’s harnessing of the atoms? Have we ever considered the effects of our continued and unchecked industrial expansions? We have, but… have we acted responsibly? Have we made the hard choices necessary to protect the overall? Or have we catered to certain special interest hidden beneath the veil of supposed progress, growth and development? History has provided the warning signs, and so has nature. Why is it taking us so long to respond?
A myriad of environmental problems are undoubtedly threatening us. We live day by day amid land, water and air pollution. Environmental degradation happens because of over-population, pollution, industry and modern technologies. The Earth is getting hotter than ever before. Man continues to cut down trees in the forests leaving relentless flash floods and landslides that cause our death. Who should be to blame? It sounds alarming. The climate changes drastically which brings too many dilemmas. This only means that global warming should serve as a warning to us. We need to live with caution and learn how to discern the natural resources. Our necessities of life came from the Earth—we are still earthbound. Conserving these resources of the Earth is something that should concern each of us—which is why conservation is important for life’s preservation.
Conservation means the intelligent use of our total environment. It means restoring resources we have abused: worn-out soils and polluted air and waters. It also means doing things correctly. Before trying to undo damage, we must not just exchange one kind for another—nature’s balances are very delicate and easily disturbed. Good intentions are not enough. We should need to hit the mark, push it hard and blow what is needed to be done right. It is good as saying what is right must be kept right, what is wrong must be set right.
Live with nature instead of trying to change nature to fit some personal ideas. Yes it is true that we should live life to the fullest but always consider taking part in contributing to protect our environment so that we would be able to sustain the abundance of resources. As Gaylord Nelson once said, “We must, we can, and we will maintain a sustainable society.”
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We must endeavor to forge durable and everlasting bonds to face the challenges that lie before us. We must bring down the walls that divide us in order to achieve greater global awareness, understanding, and activity. Changing the environmental mindset is an integral part of the task that awaits us.
The closer you look… the clearer it becomes. It is all about saving our world. We must utilize the biodiversity to define its identity that we are the keys to balance them favorably towards an open door of life’s harmony.
When will we move? When will we be able to notice and appreciate the value of all the things on Earth? Life here on earth could only be lived once. So, spend every minute of it as if it is your last. Learn to cherish which nourishes us.
Global warning: Insensitivity kills!