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CONNECTING PEOPLE TO NATURE

Posted by NYCA Blogger on May 19, 2017


Rajesh Kunwar

Dang, Nepal

People need nature and nature needs people. Nature enhances our lives, helps us feel better, has positive impacts on our social skills, and helps us be environmentally responsible citizens. Along with that it provides all food, air and water that we need to survive. When people lack a nature experience, it can lead to apathy towards environmental concerns.

Our food, our water, our livelihoods — they all come from nature. But we’re taking more than our share, and now the fate of the one and only planet we’ve ever called home is uncertain. The challenges that Mother Nature’s oceans, rivers and forests are facing affect us all — and it’s up to all of us to work together to tackle them. Because, ultimately, saving nature is the only way to save ourselves.

From the smallest microorganisms to the largest animals, all life on Earth has a common ancestor.  Everything is connected to everything.  So how is it that our species has come to dominate the landscape in such a short period of time?  Furthermore, what gives us the right to do so?  In 3.5 billion years of life on Earth everything has followed a natural course of evolution.  However, our rapid success as a species has begun to affect this natural order.  With our population at seven billion and climbing, we have played a tremendous role in the disruption of the Earth’s natural systems.  As we continue to grow and have a greater impact on the Earth’s systems, it is imperative that we address our role and relationship with nature.

The ability of human to manipulate the landscape and recognize the consequences of doing so puts us in a peculiar position.  As a species we are assigned with duty to provide and proliferate.  Our goal is to achieve stability for ourselves and our kin.  However we also have an obligation to maintain the environment, as we depend on the resources and services it provides.  The question then becomes: what is our role in nature?  Do we have the right to manipulate the land, factory farm animals, and pollute waterways?  Or do we have an obligation to reduce our numbers and merely subsist?  In order to answer these questions we must rely on our knowledge of Earth, evolution, and our influence on the environment.

Humans play a vital role in nature.  What separates us from nature though, is the ability to understand our place within it.  This cognitive capacity of ours has historically been the cause of a perceived division between man and nature.  However, in order to achieve a sustainable future in which humans assume a more natural role and have less of an impact it is imperative that we reconsider our role and relationship with nature.  A change in the way we regard nature has obvious political, economic, and social repercussions, but our cognitive ability obliges us to reevaluate our position in the world rather than continue to degrade it. There are a number of ways in which we can begin to reconsider our relationship with nature, but all of which require an enormous effort.  Through a universal education curriculum, it is possible to encourage people everywhere to consider themselves as part of a larger picture.  By teaching people about the environment, evolution, and ecology, we can provide them with the tools for change.

Our role within nature should be one of subsistence rather than commercialization.  We have exploited the world for too long and the consequences of doing so are everywhere.  As everything is related to everything, we have no right to infringe on the livelihood of any other species.  In fact, our cognitive ability and understanding of nature obliges us to maintain the integrity of the environment.  So we must change how we influence the land.  We must respect the natural order of things and find a way to live accordingly. Different strategies like establishment of Parks, walking and jogging infrastructure, bicycling and trekking infrastructure, designation of maximum shaded area, summer camp, outdoor schools, kitchen garden. Publication of popular books/stories about nature, photo sharing program, production of own food in organic way. Policies are made in favor of saving the nature with the sustainable use of resource by the people.Although change in attitudes would require a complete overhaul of our current economic and political structures, it is something that must be done.  As history shows, if we continue to encourage expansion and development it is very likely that we will see major effects in climate and ecology.  We have seen the destructive nature of industrialism and capitalism.  We can predict and measure the effects of our actions on the environment.  We know we are headed in the wrong direction and we are expecting major consequences.  So why don’t we do something about it?

 

Rajesh Kunwar

Prithu Technical College

Dang

9849073502/9813696797

 

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