Defined as the disintegration of earth through overconsumption of natural resources which significantly eradicates wildlife and plant diversity, environmental degradation is the serious aggravation to nature’s turf.
Although there is no single issue that can be circled out from the rest, it is our dysfunctional relationship with nature and humanity’s constantly growing greed that is at the root of this pernicious problem. It’s a consolidation of expanding human population, increasing monetary development, overused natural resources and polluting technology that depletes the natural resources and compromises future generations.
The consequences are extremely detrimental, yet overlooked and seldom ever paid heed to. Being part of the collective, we must take responsibility for our ‘individual’ actions, but before that it is important to know the issues that we partake in causing this.
A more basic cause of environmental degradation is land damage. Numerous weed plants like garlic mustard, are both foreign and obtrusive. A rupture in the environmental surroundings allow the weed to grow and spread. Assuming control over nature they eliminate the co-existing plant species which gradually results in a space predominant with a plant that does not partake in a symbiotic relationship and drains the environmental life. These weeds are extremely dangerous because of their invasive nature and must be destroyed before they significantly impact whole ecosystems.
Pollution whether it is in air, water, land or noise is harmful for the environment.Whether it is the deteriorating air quality, water quality or soil quality; all of them are interlinked to our own personal health.
Thanks to the recent developments over the years, medical advancement has caused mortality rates to plummet resulting in increasing lifespan. However there seems to be no end to the rapid population growth that results in excessive consumption and burdens the overall ecosystem.
Even when we consume reasonably, more population simply means more food, more cloth and more shelter for millions of people.
In an effort to curb this growing population and spread awareness about family planning, Mobius foundation launched ‘Project Aakar’ to educate rural communities and change their attitudes towards contraceptive measures.
More consumption, more waste and more irresponsible disposal methods can destroy the environment. Harmful waste generated by households, industries, factories and hospitals pose a serious risk to the health of the environment and the people who live there. Waste in landfills when burned releases toxic gases and can cause a serious impact on the environment.
One of the most concerning reasons behind environmental degradation is deforestation which is caused by the rapid urban crawl, wherein the cleaned land is further used for agriculture, animal grazing, harvest for fuel wood and logging.
This perpetuates global warming as decreased forest size puts carbon back into the environment.
If we are not aware, we are contributing to this global issue.
However once we take full responsibility for our actions and unite as a community to take environmental actions, we will sow the seeds of a better, brighter future for the next generation.