When people says “We are concerned about Environment” or “We must try to protect our environment“, what exactly are they talking about? What is this term called “Environment”?
What is Environment?
Environment is derived from the French word “environ” which means surrounding neighborhood. The word environment was concluded to describe everything that surrounds the organisms including humans and other life forms. So everything you see around yourself, the trees, animals, other people, buildings, sky, automobiles etc. are part of your environment. It’s nature, the world around us, the world that existed before the first human invention was even a dream. Every component in an environment is dependent on the other for its existence so is equally important. Ecology is a term used to study the interactions between an organism and its environment.
There are three core study fields of environmental science which are:
The greatest environmental concern of the twenty first century is the human induced global climate change. During the industrial revolution, raw materials like fossil fuels, minerals, forests and clean water seemed inexhaustible and nature was regarded like a sink to dump the waste. We used materials to make the things we wanted, then discarded them when they were no longer useful. This approach returned an improved lifestyle but caused massive pollution and environmental degradation. Soon the threshold limit for the environmental degradation was exceeded and now we are facing the threat of species extinction.
The other growing environmental concern is the growing population. In 2005, the world population reached about 6.467 billion people and we are adding 75 million people every year into already existing pool of population. Predictions are that the population will grow to 8-9 billion people by the middle of 21st century before it stabilize. The rate of population growth has slowed down from 2% to 1.2% in last three decades.
Loss of biodiversity, rapidly exhausting reserves of minerals, fossil fuels and clean water are other environmental concerns that have huge impact on our environment. Many species have either extinct or on the verge of extinction due to rapidly shrinking natural habitats and pollution. Lessons must be learnt from various environmental crises that we are facing today. This is essential for the sustainable future of our environment. We are at a turning point because our present decisions will decide the fate of future generations and the power to save the environment lies in our hands. If we are able to address the environmental concerns today, we can prevent the problems from becoming irreversible.
The following documentary explains the importance of natural balance and why we should use our natural resources wisely for sustainable future and outlines the potential environmental threats that we may face in the future.
On 6th of Dec 2009 Salaam Bharat, a social organization, arranged its Vasundhara program in Sector 58, Noida under which plantation was done. This program was organized under the expert invigilation of Mr. Harshit Gupta, The collage coordinator (JSS Academy of Technical Education) of the organization. The students of Engineering and Management Departments participated in this event, as volunteers, with huge enthusiasm.
The Volunteers planted 117 plants of different kinds and took oath for their protection. Mr. Jayendra Pratap Singh and Mr. Mrinal Patel acted as the coordinator of the event.
Mr. Lokendra Pal Singh (President, Salaam Bharat) and Mr. Anubhav Akhileshwar Srivastava (General Secretary, Salaam Bharat) were also present at this event.
Download : Vasundhara Report