As I sit in my cubicle, wearing a dark green t-shirt that I picked exclusively for Earth Day, my green tea mug, placed towards the left of my table, offering the fresh aroma of Basil, I am reminded of my school days, where we planted trees and plants around the campus on this special day. Taking an oath to save and serve Mother Earth and to keep it clean; and going around creating awareness about its importance in our neighbourhood and amongst the people we meet. Oh! How excited we used be, how responsible we felt, the Saviour of the World types, you know. But then, time started to fly and it took away many of our dreams and thoughts along with it. We all began to focus on our careers, on our personal lives and making preparation for making our tomorrow bright; gradually our childhood ideologies and principles were replaced by hectic schedules and unhealthy life. The great pride that we took in of assuming ourselves as World Saviours was replaced by the stress of performing well in our future assignments, which could be grand meeting. Where have we flown to? Why are we unable to reach the shore no matter how hard we swim or sail? Do you think cutting ourselves from nature has resulted in this? Well, in the deepest corners of my heart, I believe so.
Do you remember Teacher’s Day, when we carried gifts to school for our beloved teacher and on our way we would pick a beautiful flower for her as a complimentary gift? And we can recall the happiness on our favourite teacher’s face when we handed over her the gift? She would accept the gift and always say the same thing, “Thank you, but you shouldn’t have got the gift; the flower is more than enough”. We didn’t realize it then but today it makes complete sense; nature is the perfect example of care, love and sacrifice. It is diverse, it is versatile and it is caring. We may have ignored nature in leading our modern ways of life but nature has stayed determined and made its presence known everywhere; be it flowers that we present to our beloved ones or a trip that we wish to embark on in order to clear our head. Nature has always remained close; we only have been too ignorant.
Our Earth today is depleting, bleeding from the scars of careless industry operations, global warming, population increase, deforestation and the usage of polythenes but what is hurting it the most is our ignorance and our selfishness. We seem to have lost our sense of responsibility when it comes to differentiating between need and greed. Yes, WWF and other organizations are certainly working to save our environment but the task is impossible until and unless each one of us consider saving the environment as our responsibility. We certainly have too many issues in our lives to resolve but what we need to understand is that NO Earth means NO Life, which means if we do not have any planet to live on, then everything that we do is in vain and is vague. It is because we are certain that we shall see tomorrow then only we can hope for it to be a better one.
So, let us take an oath today, just like the one we took in our school days (only this time we will not let them be replaced by other things) that we will do our bit to protect our Mother Earth. Just like charity begins at home, so does our mission to save our planet will begin from our own home. Let us reduce the use of polythenes and let us promote recycling. Keep the surroundings clean and save electricity as much as possible. On this Earth Day 2015, let us give our Earth a hope for better tomorrow. REMEMBER: NO EARTH means NO LIFE!