ARE WE GOOD STEWARDS OR MERCILESS VANDALIZERS IN THE NAME OF PROGRESS?

As an urbanite by birth, since my childhood, I was more fascinated with superstructures, technologies, and luxury cars. The beauty of these fragile man-made kind of stuffs has always attracted me. But I had never given it a thought as to “how a world filled with the urban sprawl, superstructures, nuclear bombs, supersonic jets, technologies, and the billion piles of human wastage would cost us!” In the recent past, the cost of our luxurious lifestyle has become more evident to me as I witness and compare the beauty of hills, forests, and the hustle, pollution of the cities. A Scottish Economist, Philosopher and the pioneer of Political Economy has rightly proposed,

“Human wants and the ways to satisfy human wants are unlimited”.

According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), in the past century, the average earth’s temperature has increased to 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degree Celsius); 30 million acres (12.4 million hectares) of forest are deforested from Jan 2020 to as of now, only 2.5% of the earth water body is freshwater or drinkable, 1 in every 3 people globally do not have access to the clean drinking water, on September 8, 2019 the annual ozone hole reached its peak extent of 6.3 million square miles (16.4 million sq.km), every day 16 feet high Alaskan glaciers are melting down, last but not the least every year 4.2 million deaths are estimated because of Ambient air pollution, and 91% of the world population is living in extremely polluted airthese are just glimpses, such stats on environmental damage have now become a bottomless pit. Volumes of articles cannot contain it.  

Taking a sneak peek of my life, the counseling of my friend Agam, who is a law professor and environmentalist by passion has become my guiding light since June 2019. While we were on our way to Bhubaneswar from Kolkata, I took a candy and threw the wrapper beside my seat and my friend immediately scolded and asked me to pick the wrapper and keep it in my pocket till I find a garbage tin. Though I fail at times yet every time it is his wise words that still echoe in my heart and help me to be sincere to my environment. Analogically in the Bible God tells us, I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.”

Earth is not born to us we are born to the earth!

We have seen the earth since our birth but that doesn’t mean prior to our birth earth was not existing, the same story implies from generation to generation. God first created heavens and earth, giving a form to the earth. He (God) created the sun, moon, stars, planets and nature and the living creatures. Then He (God) created human from dust gave him and her life and wisdom. Then the first blessing God gave to human appointing him as the STEWARD of HIS creation.

Well, by LOCKDOWN 2.0 I was quite happy of the news of nature and animals tweeting “Spotted Malabar civet… A critically endangered mammal not seen until 1990 resurfaces for the first time in India during the lockdown; 95% aircraft have stopped flying, Thousands of Olive Ridley turtles nesting on the beaches of Odisha; the 200 km away Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal, visible after 30 years from Jalandhar (Punjab) after the pollution drops to its lowest level, or the recent the journey of 64,000 green turtles (the endangered reptiles) approaching the world’s largest green turtle nestling area at Raine Island on the Great Barrier Reef. I thought nature is REBOOTING but meanwhile the UNCTAD (United Nations Trade and Development) report alarmed me – volumes of unrecyclable waste have risen; severe cuts in agricultural and fishery  export levels have led to the generation of large quantities of organic waste; maintenance and monitoring of natural ecosystems have been temporarily halted; Local waste problems have emerged as many municipalities have suspended their recycling activities over fears of the virus propagation in recycling centres. Food retailers have resumed using plastic bags at checkout points citing health concerns over consumers’ reuse of paper bags. In addition, due to stay-at-home policies, many consumers have increased their consumption of take-away food delivered with single-use packaging.

Sadly, when we humans destroy something created by man, we rightly call it vandalism whereas when we destroy the NATURE which is created by God and is a gift unto us, we call it “PROGRESS!”

Isn’t it?

8 thoughts on “ARE WE GOOD STEWARDS OR MERCILESS VANDALIZERS IN THE NAME OF PROGRESS?

  1. Sadly, when we humans destroy something created by man, we rightly call it vandalism whereas when we destroy the NATURE which is created by God and is a gift unto us, we call it “PROGRESS!”

    Right to the point, brother!

    Please do write more on the Environment and it’s interpretation from the biblical standpoint, we need more of it!
    Also hope someday the topic picks up steam in the four walls of church.

    Still remember meeting an associate from a Christian consultancy firm working on Infrastructure projects once.Did pop her the question on how much environmental impact assessment weighs in their services .
    She held that if a church mandated project is on the cards than environmental concerns can no longer be a priority.

    Well, I did see a sense of conscience in her towards God during that meeting and didn’t pursue the conversation further but I do want to say only this much-
    We do have the God gifted ability to ‘reason’ and hence we must ask – for how much of what we do to the environment is just and right in the eyes of God?
    For its written in Leviticus 25:23;
    ‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.

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    1. Thanks, Agam giving validation to my work.
      I agree with you, we need to address such topics at times in the four walls of our churches. It is indeed one of the prime responsibilities of a sincere believer in Christ. Thank you again.

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  2. A thing as throwing chocolate wrappers here n there may seem trivial, but it’s compounding adverse impact on the environment is way too unimaginable. Great to know your bit for the environment!

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    1. Thanks, Rajnandinini Didi for as always appreciating the little steps I take towards a good life. People always miss them, rare people like you come out to notice them. It’s quite encouraging, thanks again.

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  3. The way you do research on your subject, link it with real life experiences, never fail to bring in the word of God.is something really fascinating and i must learn it. Here the presentation of the article is superb and the problem underlying is very ugly. As I said in one of my articles (not on Candles though) man is taking from the nature not for need but for his greed and no other creature in this nature does that. With all the knowledge acquired if humans were to turn this way then there is something really wrong with our education which is unable to make us live in tandem with the nature. Great post!!

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    1. Thanks, Kalpana for such an encouraging comment. Must say, your comments on my articles always encourages me and helps me to work a bit more hard in my upcoming articles, a BIG THANKS for that.
      I just want one to drag a point to the forefront, “often we blame our education/circumstances/culture/society/system as wrong when we do something that we suppose not to do whereas the TRUTH is – “education and teaching is just a piece of information shared with us so that we will renew the attitude of our thinking and be reasonable to live a morally & ethically upright life.” I realize since we (including me) don’t live our lives in that manner, we just jump to play the blame game rather than IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY THROUGH RENEWING IN THE ATTITUDE OUR MIND. Lastly, sorry for the delayed response. 🙂

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