How do we celebrate Earth Day? Let me share an instance of how we humans are plundering our planet Earth, causing severe ecological damage in our never-ending quest for the profits. Our planet Earth is a beautiful place but human quest for profits is causing an irrepairable damage to the planet.
Jhalana Dungari (Dungar means hill in local language) is a classic example of the damage caused to the local ecology. It’s a hill range that forms a natural barrier in the East direction.
Incidentally, Jhalana Forest in Jaipur is famous for the Jhalana Leopard safari, among the wildlife enthusiasts in India. These hills have contributed to the city’s development by way of supplying stone for construction of houses and buildings, for years. Stone crushing units lined the base of this hill range until the court decision banned their activity due to the proximity to human settlement and ecological reasons. This picture shows the scars of mining. The rock in the foreground is all that is left of a small hill! Such an eyesore!
While the blasting activity may have ceased in Jhalana hill range which is also a protected forest, the stone crushers moved out of the city, to nearby locations post-1990s. They now run in many surrounding areas which are only a few kilometers away from the urban settlements. Various incidents point towards strong nexus between mining/quarry mafia and political power centers engaging in illegal mining activity. Take a close look at this picture. The entire hill has been blasted away.
The mining activity and blasting cause severe ecological damage, impacting both flora and fauna. It robs them of their natural habitat. Continuous blasting causes noise pollution; the ever-present dust particles contribute towards air pollution. Not just birds and animals, it also impacts human life. Constant exposure to dust particles causes asthma.
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I understand that we all need resources for the quality of life and it is Earth where we all turn to. But we also need to make sure that we adhere to all legal compliance and safe practices. Damage to the local ecology needs to be curtailed. This is one of the many issues we all are facing.
Does celebrating Earth Day helps in contributing to any cause? Does celebrating Earth Day, make any difference? I will love to hear your response.