06 I Respect You – Environment - Shawna Rebello

posted Aug 14, 2018, 9:42 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 9:43 AM ]
Certainly, the environment is not what comes to mind when we think of respect. Respecting the environment might seem strange at first; but how can we not respect something that aids in keeping us alive by providing the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and all the other materials that make our lives livable? In fact, we only have an environmental crisis, because we have always blatantly disregarded Nature. We can start to combat the crisis by respecting the environment, rather than disregarding it.

A good start is to familiarise ourselves with various environmental issues. This is because many of us still have a lot of misconceptions about the causes of environmental problems. For instance, many of us wrongly believe that global warming is a result of ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere; however, global warming is caused by the accumulation of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. Another common perception is that modern technology will solve any and every environmental problem. The truth is that despite our vehicles and factory vents being fitted with pollution control devices, air pollution-related deaths are on the rise – with 1.81 million deaths in 2015 in India alone. We may confidently drink filtered water, but no conventional treatment system can rid water from innumerable micro-pollutants such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, flame retardants, etc. While genetic modifications may increase the nutritive value of a certain foodstuff, we have no way of knowing what effects such altered genes have on our ecosystems. Prevention is always better than cure; if we don't want toxins in our water, then we must simply respect water bodies by not pouring anything down the sink that we would not want to drink.