Monday, August 22, 2016


Imagine a truck traveling up the slopes. The driver notices a red light blinking on the dash board. He ignores the sign of the engine being overheated. Next, he hears some rattling sound. He plays deaf to the signals of alarm.

Still further, he notices in the rear-view mirror, smoke emerging. Yet again, he plays blind to what could be dangerous. There are no prizes for guessing what would be the fate of such a careless driver and his vehicle.

The above analogy connects to a metaphor that is dear… our Mother Earth. Over the years, we have received many signals that project a big disaster. Earthquakes, Tsunami, droughts, floods, landslides, global warming and many other alarms are being ignored by us.

We react in the aftermath but fail to do enough to show that we are really learning anything from successive environmental mishaps. We speak about the tragedy but fail in subsequent action that should ensure that we secure our future.

Environment Awareness should not be just about blank words. The ultimate solution to every environmental problem, from deforestation to pollution lies in each of us taking the responsibility for our own acts. Each time an individual stands up for the environment or acts to improve it, there is a tiny ripple of hope.

Making little lifestyle changes can have a big effect if everyone does it. Whether you take a shower instead of a bath, reduce your energy use or reduce your carbon footprint, the benefits are big. We must inculcate the 4Rs – Reduce, Reuse Recycle and Re-engineer solutions and choices in our actions to save our environment.

Heed signals of the impending devastation
Our environment needs committed action!

- Pravin K. Sabnis

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