“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say - we will never forgive you.”
The Earth is the only habitable planet in the solar system. Even though 70 percent of the planet is covered with water, it hosts as many as seven billion human beings. Other than homo-sapiens, the planet supports a myriad of flora and fauna species. From polar bears to the lanternfish, the planet has been supporting life unconditionally.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the natural setup of the planet has been challenged consistently. As a result, the disruption of the natural order has occurred. The most devastating factor was the invention of plastic in 1862. It has defaced the planet and made it sick. From aquatic to terrestrial life, the proliferation of plastic products is proving fatal. Oceans are filled, with incoming plastic piling up every day. According to a report, we are producing over 380 million tons of plastic every year. Besides plastic invasion, air pollution (carbon emissions) and several other forms of pollutions are ruining mother earth. This all has resulted in climate change.
From frequent flash floods to wildfires, mother earth seems to have hit the wall. It’s dying. Instead of taking preventive measures to save the planet, the rich are attempting to flee to other planets, such as Mars. One of the spectacular misfortunes of modern times is that the rich, who own industries, pay lip service to the cause. No constructive steps have been taken so far.
I remember an incident when the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, confronted Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, as she had poked the rich during a speech. It’s plain simple that Mr. Trump did not like her idea of shutting down large-scale factors that have been running for ages and therefore contaminating the environment one way or the other. As a matter of fact, governments across the world would want to tighten environment laws but couldn’t as the rich fund their election campaigns.
“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say - we will never forgive you.” Greta Thunberg at UN Climate Summit, New York, 23 September 2019
“We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable.” Greta Thunberg at UN Youth Climate Summit, New York City, 21 September 2019
The quotes used in this piece were extracted from BBC.