Sasikala Rajeswaran, Editor, Sawdust
Love your mother earth-min
Despite the provisions for imposition of penalties under various rules and Acts, for violation of environmental norms, a large number of cases of illegal exploitation of natural resources is going on in the country. Monetary fines imposed do not have any implications as they are often considered as part of the cost
Majority of us have not gone to the court, nor to the Police station – but that doesn’t mean that we are clean or haven’t committed any crime. In fact, every one of us is committing grave crime – day in and day out. We are exploiting our Mother Earth daily without bothering about its impact on us and our future generation.
Never ever forget that environment is a legacy which we have inherited from our predecessors and it is our bounden duty to preserve and conserve it for future generations. Remember, besides leaving a clean and healthy environment to our posterity, we also need to tap full potential of growth and development for betterment of present and future generations.
There was a time when environment was not considered as an integral component of development process, but it is now being universally acknowledged that for development to be sustainable, it must factor environmental concerns. In order to attain growth, natural resources have to be exploited, roads, railway lines, ports and airports have to be built. Power need to be generated by setting up power plants. Oil and gas resources need to be exploited for the betterment of the public at large.
But all these developmental activities have to be done by properly addressing issues of environmental degradation, ecological imbalances and climate change. Despite the provisions for imposition of penalties under various rules and Acts, for violation of environmental norms, a large number of cases of illegal exploitation of natural resources is going on in the country. Monetary fines imposed do not have any implications as they are often considered as part of the cost.
We do have the required statutory provisions to protect our environment. But the biggest problem is the implementation aspect of the Environment Management Plan. Often, we see there is lack of coordination between the central and state machineries and also between the various ministries of the central government itself ultimately resulting in illegal exploitation of the nature.
Development and environment protection can co-exist and we can become a developed nation without harming our nation provided we remove from our mind the tendency of finding short-cut solutions to every problem concerning environment and Mother Earth. We should realise that by exploiting the Mother Earth, it is we – either the present or the future generation – who is going to pay the price for the follies. And most importantly, no one can escape from this hard fact.
Therefore, love your Mother Earth. By doing so, you will be loving your own future generation.