WE BELONG TO THE EARTH
They say that when the last tree dies, the last man dies as well. What a lot of people do not recognize is the scientific significance of this saying. You see, besides the fruits, medicine, shade, rubber and fuel that trees provides mankind, they also play a key role in producing the oxygen we breath in while absorbing the carbon dioxide we breath out as waste. People think that the earth belongs to us, but instead, we belong to it. Nature is beautiful and key to our very survival. I still remember those days, when I will lay back during the evenings just to stare at the moon and stars. Or when I will take a walk along the village paths just to catch some fresh air and appreciate the beauty of the environment.
Unfortunately, today, man has destroyed and continues to destroy most of what nature had given us. We have succeeded in depleting the ozone layer and made the earth vulnerable to what we now describe as global warming. We have polluted our own water bodies, forced many marine lives into extinction and things don't seem to be getting better with many more industries springing up. I always maintained that if left unregulated, humans will eventually be our own undoing. It's about time we took environmental protection seriously. So, the next time you are about to dump refuse into a water body, pause for a minute and ask yourself, is this the world I want to live behind for my children?
Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. (Evo Morales)
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