Readers' View: The 'Lungs of the Planet' has the potential to choke

Picture: Nasa/PA
Picture: Nasa/PA

I think if we had shown even 10% of the outrage that we showed towards Notre Dame in Paris, the planet we are living in today would have been a different place.

The fire in Notre-Dame cathedral earlier this year was indeed a sad and a disastrous incident but so is the burning of Amazon forest.

One is related to the past whereas the other one is about the future.

In one case we are able to attract the instant media attention, 24x7 worldwide coverage, billions of dollars collected for its restoration, prayers and goodwill gestures shown all over the world whereas on the other side it took us about three weeks to just take a note of such horrific fires.

Media attention too had been quite subtle with no outrage on social media. There is hardly any sign of donation or prayer anywhere.

This rainforest, often referred to as the ‘Lungs of the planet’ generates about 20% of the oxygen in our atmosphere.

The air we breathe today has a significant contribution from the same forest that is burning today affecting millions of different species.

It not only produces oxygen but also a huge storehouse of carbons that can be released back into the atmosphere if destroyed by any means.

My biggest fear is that the 'lungs of the planet' has the potential to choke on the same depending upon what it is releasing back into the atmosphere.

We don’t have to think locally when it comes to the global issues like environment.

In fact, the localised approach should be applied towards the agricultural products ie. buy local and consume local to help the environment.

We have got to realise that the global environmental events like the fires in Amazon or floods in India or hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico can all affect our day-to-day life in one way or another.

It is capable of affecting the food we eat or the prices of the basic commodities we consume or even the socio-economic structure of our society.

The developed countries need to come forward and take the lead whereas the developing countries can no longer afford to remain on the back seat with whatever historical reference or justification they may genuinely have.

We all need to come up together as one citizen of this planet we share.

We are ready to spend trillions of dollars to explore the possibility of habitation of Mars but we are not ready to heal the very planet we are living in.

Chander Sangra



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