Jyoti Sharma, President FORCE posted this in Environment Protection, Jal Rakshak on December 2nd, 2010
Dear Jal Rakshaks
‘Environmental Protection’ is the new buzz word – in policy, text books, corporate manuals, CSR agendas, political manifestos, NGO Objectives……. Anywhere and everywhere….the slogan is – ‘ PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT’.
And yet…the ‘Environment’ continues to get a raw deal everywhere– villages spring up in forests, animals disappear; mining holes appear in ancient mountain ranges, mountains become bare; streams dry up, rivers turn into nullahs; wells give water of all colours & smog envelops us all….
Why this dichotomy ??
Today, as I was interacting with a bright young set of media & communication management students, I found the answer to this apparent contradiction.
It’s all a matter of semantics – our choice of words.
The words ‘Protect the Environment’ – cue off in our brain, the thought “The Environment is under threat of destruction. We must do all we can to protect it – Because We are strong and the environment is weak. We are fair minded strongmen, with a heart of gold – that’s why – even though, WE HAVE CONQUERED IT, We must take good care of the environment.”
…And therein lies our BIG BIG mistake. The environment (read: nature) is NOT weak. It does NOT need to be protected by us. On the contrary WE NEED TO BE PROTECTED from the dangerously quiet wrath of nature.
As a Mother, Nature is infinitely caring, patient, giving….
As an opponent, it is a master strategist, delusion creating, many headed medussa; a ‘meethi chhuri’ and a cold butcher. It will let you poison it, and then feed you back the same poison through its air & water- multiplied manifold. It will let you cage it – only to hit back from a tunnel you never knew existed….
Beware ! We have made ourselves opponents of Nature !
We think of ourselves, not as Nature’s children, but as its Conquerors…. with a clear mandate – whip it to extract most out of it and feed it just enough to keep it productive. Torture it, if you wish, just make sure you keep it alive – as a symbol of your ultimate victory.
Wake up – snap out of this delusion ! Look around, see the patterns and recognise how we are, slowly but surely, losing our battle for survival.
Nature does not need your condescending protection.
Jal Rakshaks, let’s try & give mankind a chance to survive. As a start, let’s change the buzz word – from ‘Protect the Environment’ to
‘PROTECT MANKIND FROM MANKIND’.
In our own interest, let’s learn, and teach all, to respect & care for Nature – our Mother. She loves us, perhaps more than we love ourselves. Let’s try not to snatch away, from the rivers, forests, animals, mountains, air and water; their right to live with freedom, health and dignity.
Let’s Protect ourselves – re-learn to live in harmony with Nature – the Mother – She will protect us.