Saw a list of world’s most polluted rivers, two were from India, the Ganges and the Yamuna. Few days back read about biggest landfills of world. Also read about the giant lump of trash flowing in Pacific which is larger in size compared to US state of Texas. By reading about all this and by looking at the vicinity around my home I feel so ashamed of acts of we humans toward mother earth. The video of MJ’s “Earth Song” flashes in front of my eyes everytime. The lyrics of that song urge us to look at what we humans have done to the earth.
Millions of ships remain drowned in waters of earth. Tonnes of sewage, industrial and household waste is dumped in ponds, lakes, rivers and seas every day. And now countries are dumping nuclear wastes in ocean beds. Oil spills just completely ruin entire ecosystem of oceans and beaches.
Crashed and abandoned cars and trucks can be seen on sides of every major road and highway of world. Few months back I was going Ahmedabad from Vadodara on my motorcycle. Just when city was approaching near, I saw a giant mountain. I wondered how come Ahmedabad has a mountain, I never saw it before. When I reached near it was a giant mountain but was made of the solid waste of the city. It was a giant open landfill and there were trucks dumping more and more of city’s waste there. From NY to Seoul, from Shanghai to Mumbai, just ever city and village of world has many such sites of landfills, sometimes maintained ones and most often just giant open heaps of waste. Polythenes, plastics, electronics, sometimes even old cars and trucks all end up in such landfills. This things naturally won’t convert back to basic elements of earth for hundreds of years until we recycle them. Unproper recycling of electronics, automobiles, ships, plastics, glass, metals too causes lots of pollution and mess.
There are rivers and ponds of world which have been polluted to the extent that they have just no fishes or aquatic plants left in them. This rivers have just died. Forests and trees are being chopped off to make space for houses, cities, industries, roads, highways, airports, farms, animal feed lands. Modern humans have inhabited earth from abt 2.00,000 years but the amount of pollution done in just last 100 years is so disastrous. There is just mess all around and its increasing day by day, second by second. Sometimes I feel coming of humans is the worst thing that happened to earth. Its not that no one cares, but the people who care are very few and then from them also many just don’t do anything to help awaken others.
If this continues then by the end of this century or even in coming few decades, there would be no forest or clean rivers left. Trees would be rare. Oceans and beaches would be nothing more than dust bins. Cities would be having tall buildings and malls but besides them would be slums and landfills. The top fortune 500 companies would be those active in processing air and releasing oxygen in it to make it breathable. Then the ones which would process sea water to make it drinkable. Deserts would have expanded tremendously. Polar and himalyan ice would have melted completely. Sea level would have increased a lot. There won’t be any animals/birds left except few in zoos. Our need for meat and fish would be satisfied by giant animal husbandry factories. There would be no nature’s beauty left in world, just humans and their manmade world.
Until we discover or develope some bacteria or micro organism or something alike which reaches to the depths of landfills, rivers and oceans and in very short time decomposes just all forms of discarded mammade stuffs and cöverts them to basic elements of nature, I don’t think there is any extremely effective solution to the pollution mess we have made.