After months of feeling depressed with the way things are around me, the reckless attitude of people, the growing number of cars, the traffic snarls, the polluted air, the stinking water bodies, the summer heat waves and in general the changing environment that had almost made me averse to new gadgets, I feel I have found some light at the end of the tunnel while searching for answers. Some awakening has happened within me in the last few days during my trip to Srisailam. I have become aware of the fact that not everything is lost. Nature has bestowed on us all the wonderful resources and it is up to us on how best we utilize them, so they last forever.
I feel there is nothing wrong in developing new technologies and gadgets, in the name of economic growth and human welfare, as long as we do so responsibly and give nature its due respect. Everything that is mined from earth's underground should be used judiciously, and after its use, it should either be repurposed or recycled. We all know that resources such as water, air, soil, metals and minerals, though abundant, are still finite in quantity and cannot sustain our present ways and the “Use and Throw” paradigm of the 20th century modern human society. We need to understand that all the natural wealth provided to us is not disposable and we don’t own them. We only have usufruct rights to the planet – to enjoy them while we live on this planet and leave it unaltered and without damaging it.
With better healthcare and better life expectancy the world population is ever increasing. With the increasing demand for energy we should look to the skies to harvest the "almost" unlimited solar energy instead of using up all the non-renewable fossil fuels. One might argue that even fossil fuels are renewable. That argument may very well become true if nature were to have its way, meaning, we humans could all perish at once and turn into fossil fuel, in a million years, to the then surviving life form. I am not sure if that would be humans though. Spilling the guts of our planet is not going to do us any good. It would turn our planet into a humongous garbage bin like the one shown in the movie WALL-E.
Here's a very simple concept. When you have a duck that lays golden eggs, would you nurture it well so you get a golden egg every day, or would you, submitting to greed, kill the duck and end up with your last egg? The answer is obviously nurture. Right?
So then let us nurture the nature so we have this wonderful planet forever. One of the natural solar harvesting process known to us is photosynthesis, so we ought to plant and grow as many trees as possible, while we continue to do research to find a technology that harvests this “almost” unlimited solar energy in an equally efficient and economic way. We all have the responsibility, as the generation that has caused the current problems, to find the solutions and leave the planet in a livable condition for the generations to come. So let’s all collaborate and make a collective effort to find the next major human invention or discovery. A tree like thing that we can manufacture in our factories that which harvests the solar energy.
Ideas, anyone??? How about we use social networking website like Facebook as an enabling technology for this purpose?
While we search for ideas and solutions we should follow the ancient saying which means "You protect the trees and the trees will protect you"