Please rationally reflect over the following Maha Mantra for our Environmental Rejuvenation and Preservation in the context of the present catastrophic global ecological crisis, and if you essentially agree with the view then please share it with others who can rationally reflect over it:
Recycle and Reuse eco-friendly waste, Rejuvenate and preserve our great river mothers and their sources our great mountains and forests which are in the process of slow death, promoting reforestation wherever possible with zero deforestation as far as possible, Reduce our population growth ethically, and Reduce our desires for luxuries, regulating our way of life ethically through critical character-building ethics education based on the fundamental ethics of our great living ancient civilization as well as of various great religions, which are essentially the same (5Rs).
It is important to note that the IPCC scientists in their latest report released in August 2021 are again warning that their claim about the deadly consequences of climate change and global warming is really true. The scientists are claiming that the deadly effects of global warming and climate change would be: deadly heatwaves, wildfires, storms, erratic rains, floods, droughts, reduced agriculture yields, etc., Burying of coastal villages, towns, and cities due to the rise of sea level, Himalayan rivers turning seasonal rivers leading to the substantial reduction of food yields, etc., vanishing of a great many living species of land, water, and sky, etc. A WHO report released in October 2021 says air pollution due to fossil fuels causes 13 deaths per minute, i.e. about more than 65 lakhs per year, worldwide.
We must know that:
(1) Pure air, pure water, and pure food are absolutely necessary for good health, and the culture of creating more and more concrete forests to satisfy our greed for wealth and lust for luxuries is bound to create less and less natural forests, which is bound to create less and less pure air, pure water, and pure food for the masses.
(2)The present culture of development of modern civilization is not sustainable. It produces wealth in some way which causes greater and greater harm to the life-and-health sustaining natural eco-systems of mother Earth and consumes her limited natural resources substantially more than what she can regenerate.
(3) The Gandhian nature-friendly, village-friendly, and agro-friendly non-violent culture of development which is based on the basic ethics of all great religions as well as of our great living ancient civilization in the context of our present technological age is the surest and perhaps the only permanent solution available to us to avoid the impending catastrophic global environmental crises, including the crisis of global warming and climate change, along with the present all-pervasive deep-rooted global moral and spiritual crises.
Let us sincerely try to rejuvenate and preserve our great living ancient civilization of Truth and non-violence and establish a secular kingdom of spiritually enlightened righteousness/goodness (Rama Rajya, Kingdom of God), and save India and through it the world at large from the impending catastrophic global ecological crises, including the crisis of global warming and climate change, along with the present all-pervasive deep-rooted moral and spiritual crises. To begin with, let us transform some major educational institutes into examples of teaching and research which show the lights of wisdom for this great noble cause for our great country.
With goodwill, love, and prayers,
Smt. Rama Rauta
Founder, Save Ganga Movement
President, National Women's Organization, Pune