Saving Forests the "F" Way
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The eagle soars up into the blue unknown and swoops down upon its unsuspecting prey. The forests burn only to provide for the next generation of greens. The seas throw up suprises everyday. And the Blue Planet is home. These are the happenings in the natural world.
There are quite a few people around the world who are actively trying to do something for the planet. Most television channels broadcast advertisements whose theme is “Save the Planet, She is Home”. Many magazines and journals publish articles about the status of the environment or of wildlife. They make interesting reading but sometimes that is all they do. It seems to me that the vast majority of the public is aware of all environmental and/or ecological issues – deforestation throughout the globe, poaching, global warming and climate change, etc. – but what exactly is the reaction of the masses, one has to keep guessing. Yes, the slaughtering of stray dogs in and around
But what about the tigers that disappeared from Rajasthan, and the 5 lions that have been poached in the last month in the forests of Gir? Will the public do something about that too?
The conservationists and the environmental activists are striving to save what is left of the planet for the future generations and also for the current generation to enjoy nature as much as they can before it all is destroyed. They want people to experience nature’s hold on us, to see all the many sights and hear all the sounds of the world before they all disappear. But how many people actually feel the same way nature lovers do?
Then again, there is the debate about the term “nature lovers”. A lot of people love to go to hill stations and venture into nature reserves to “enjoy” nature. What needs to be seen is to what extent they enjoy nature. All said and done greenery is definitely enjoyable, but would your own garden be as enjoyable as acres and acres of forest cover, grassland or water bodies with millions of birds flittering about? That is, there is no comparison between a beautiful garden and the pristine beauty of a forest. Many folks venture into the Western Ghats,
Wildlife tourism is a roaring business, providing for a large part of the national income in many African and Asian countries. It is always wonderful to see wild animals in their natural habitats, to see the things they do. But how many people really see what is around them, actually SEE and experience the openness and primeval existence of life. It is hard to explain to the layman about life, as it exists, other than human existence, that it is more than self-centered existence.
People around the world are fighting to save the remaining forests, but from personal experience I know that the layman, or rather the majority of people, would not do much about it. Education and media has the masses know that there is not much left of the original forest cover, but the response is passive. It has been noticed that unless and until the consequences of environmental/ecological disasters directly affect the people, they would not do anything about it actively. And by directly, I mean the direct economic effect or deterioration of health conditions that can be directly blamed on environmental conditions. Everyone talks of pollution, but not many would blame their lifestyle to it, and this is just a small example!
It is hard to explain what exactly I am trying to say, but to sum it up in just a few words – people would open their eyes to the “natural” problems of the world only when they come directly under the onslaught, but by then it would be too late.
How many schools tell the children that they can study and make a career out of the environment, and how many parents would encourage that. It still remains to be seen how well countries can handle the changes and yet come to amicable deals that would suit every nation involved.
There is no one easy solution to this problem, but there has to be efforts made to change that. So we come full circle again to the question of how to get the masses directly involved in keeping what is left of the natural world.