In the zoo at Lusaka, Zambia, there is a cage where the notice reads, ‘The world’s most dangerous animal’. Inside the cage there is no animal but a mirror where you see yourself.
Yes, we’re the mightiest. Yes, we have brains. Yes, we are more capable than other species. But does it give us the right to do anything and everything and obstruct the lives of other species? Does it imply that we pollute the environment and make life difficult for other living organisms? Why should we twist the laws of nature? Why are we doing this? Does it make sense? Because, ultimately, it will affect us as well. In fact, it already is.
The human population is growing and so is the consumption of natural resources. Global industrialization is at its highest. Nations are developing and people are developing. With so much technology, life is no more difficult. Life is not difficult for many of us, but it may be difficult for the generations to come. For our comforts and our luxuries, we are using up all the resources. We are filling up the atmosphere with hazardous gases. We are draining our trash in the drainage system of the world. We are cutting down our trees and forests. We are destroying the natural habitats of many species. We are polluting the oceans and the seas. We are even adding up to the junk in space. Why are we doing this so indiscriminately? For greed? We must remember, there our other generations to come. It is high time we decide how we want to leave this planet for our future generation. Its high time now, that we decide.
In the words of Mr Lester Brown, “We have not inherited this earth from our forefathers; we have borrowed it from our children.”