11 Re-creation without Pollution - Alexander Ekka SJ

posted May 30, 2018, 10:49 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 30, 2018, 10:54 AM ]
The Bible is full of environment narrations both in the Old Testament and New Testament. "Then God said: Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, over the cattle and all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground." (Gen 1:26) Use of Creation is for the good of the people. Misuse of Creation will harm the people. The dynamics of development is the end result of utilizing Creation.

The Environment has become one of the major concerns in India. The ecology of India is slowly being adversely affected by the industrial and development policies. The innate Indian culture is also partly responsible for disfiguring the eco-system. India is a country of feasts and festivals, where Indians celebrate feasts throughout the year. Besides our National Feasts like Independence Day and Republic Day there is a long list of feasts in India. Besides the religious festivities, celebrations like birthdays, weddings, death anniversaries etc. are also part of social celebrations. People perform rituals at home, temple, masjid, gurudwara, church and offer incense, candles, coconuts, oil, flowers, plants, grass, firewood, coloured powder, milk, fruits etc. to appease God. Such materials do harm the green environment. We destroy green Nature and pollute the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. We can pray to God without any material offerings. As social and religious celebrations bring people of different faiths closer to each other in brotherhood, peace and harmony, they should also unite people to preserve the environment.

Hydrosphere is called water body. Oceans are a major component of the earth's hydrosphere, covering 71% of the earth surface. Water is not just a combination of H2O. It is a source of life. Without water, nothing can survive. Water has multiple uses in our life. Unfortunately, it is polluted by many factors like factory water, sewage water, industrial wastage, etc. The polluted water becomes an agent of death, instead of becoming a source of life. I was flabbergasted to see the holy Ganges covered with rotten garbage, twigs, trees, dead human bodies, wood, flowers, plastic bottles, plants, carcasses of dead animals, linen, sacks and everything under heaven and earth. I asked myself why the Ganges was called holy. Lakes and water reservoirs too are polluted in our villages and cities. Animals and human beings take bath and drink from the same tank, risking their health.