Look at what we've done in 3 seconds, to our home. Home to 7.6 billion people, 8.7 million different species, trees, rivers, rocks, mountains and more.
Earth, perfectly spaced tiny dot in all the cosmic chaos, giving birth to us. Keeping us safe, helping us to grow and dream, to explore the vast emptiness in the sky. We are looking at the stars to find the meaning to all of this. The sky is the limit they said, but here we are building spaceships to take us to the places we never even dreamed of. Building space station in Moon and Mars to asteroids, helping us to find a new home. Wait, aren't we forgetting something? What about this home? The one, where it all began. Oh yeah, we are killing it piece by piece. Killing the planet or killing ourselves?
You all know the story, the big bang, gravity, earth, evolution, Darwin... Bang! here we are. And if you don't know the story, then I think it's time to stop staring at other people's life on social media and start reading for a change.
Some may say that the planet is dying, I don't think so. Its "US", we are dying. We are too blind to see it, even after all these warnings. The funny thing is, there is a huge number of the population who still thinks that all this is a big conspiracy to stop development from happening and you know exactly what I'm talking about. Build a billion dollar wall to stop a few illegal immigrants, let's see what it can do when hurricanes hit, or an earthquake or a tsunami. Not just this, there are other PMs, presidents and influential people who are totally ignorant about the current scenario about pollution.
There are 7.6 billion people on this planet. And we have enough resources to feed them properly, but there is a huge imbalance in the resource distribution. The rich are getting richer and poor poorer. From multinational corporations trying to take away our right to clean water, who knows, maybe one day we'll end up paying money for breathing air.
We are way too busy fighting over nothing and choose to cover our ears and eyes to run away from the truth. How long are we going to run and hide away from our doings? We polluted our planet, filling our air and water with chemicals. Pure water and the air is everyone's right. Not just for humans but for every single being on this planet. Yet, the global climate change is at its peak. Carbon dioxide footprint in the atmosphere is increasing at an alarming rate, resulting in making our planet more warmer. Polar ice is melting, sea levels are rising, if this keeps up, all major cities will be under water within a few years. The aftermath of global warming. It's easy to ignore this and pretend we are having a great time, but we are not.
All those factory chimneys used to be a prestigious symbol of the industrial era, but now they are our constant reminder of a fucked up greedy development methods. We are cutting down the forest, polluting the water bodies with chemicals and plastic wastes. The ocean is a big wastebasket for us now, from plastic wastes to oil spills. We all know what happened in Chernobyl, Bhopal, Deepwater Horizon to Minamata disease and itai-itai disease. Even after all those environmental disasters, we still haven't learned a thing.
There are about 1 billion people in the world who does not have access to safe drinking water.
About 500 people die every day from drinking unclean water.
Pollution kills more than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals every year.
150-200 species of plant, insects, birds, mammal extinct every single day. That's 1000 times the natural rate. This rate is alarmingly large, greater than the world has ever experienced since the vanishing of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. YES, THE NEXT MASS EXTINCTION IS AT OUR DOORSTEP.
Smog, acid rain, drought, flood, unpredictable weather, new diseases, genetic disorders, cancer, destroying the whole economy, poverty, war, social conflicts... Everything is different symptoms of the same disease, US. I don't like where this is heading now, even there are different laws and regulations to keep the pollution down, I don't see anything working out. We all know how Kyoto protocol has worked so far.
But I have hope in humanity. Millions are awakening, a new generation more united and stronger than ever before is coming out from the shadows of greedy corporations. It's empowering to know more and more people from all around the world are working together to create a better world. It is our duty to write a perfect history of our planet, our ancestors created a mess, but we can build a better world for our children. Everyone has an equal right to food, water, and air. In order to make it a reality, we have to work together. We need artists, politicians, leaders, engineers, doctors, teachers, everyone to make it a reality.
I need you and you need me, like it or not we are a family. We are connected genetically, we want the same thing. Like the Goldilocks theory, we are not a mistake, we are perfectly placed cosmic wonder. Let's kill our ego and greed and stop killing each other. Mother nature does not care about your color or religion or your politics or whether your rich or not, if the big extinction comes, it'll take us all. It's late but not too late for a change, so be the change this time, not like caring about our environment only on an environmental day, but take it as a lifestyle.
Let's do justice to our name this time, Homosapiens, wise men.
If you saw me on a rainy day, sitting at the window, watching the clouds turn from white to grey, you would say I loved the rain. And maybe I do.
What you wouldn't know is that I lost my parents in a storm. And everytime I walk in the rain, I never carry an umbrella. It makes hiding the tears, just a little bit easier.
If you saw me smile to myself, with earphones stuck to my sides, you would think that my favorite tune just came on the playlist. And maybe, you are right.
What you wouldn't know is that the song I am listening to reminds me of a time in my life which I can never go back to. Memories which I can never relive.
Sometimes I pay visits to my mind, solitary sojourns taken at the chime of midnight or the crack of dawn. It's not a particularly welcoming place, though not overtly hostile either.
When I look around, I see faded scars. Remnants of old bruises which have never really healed. I see unfinished laughter, straining to break out of iron bars.
I scrape for happy memories. They are not always easy to find, but on rare occasions, I uncover a song or a photograph from an album, which reminds me of childhood skies and lakeside picnics.
I have set fire to many nightmares in this palace. Sometimes I find ashes scattered all over, and the darkness comes calling once more. Often, I am able to keep them at bay.
But on some days, the sun burns too bright, and try as I might, I cannot locate the shadows. The winds take me away, to dreams that I would rather not relive.
Sometimes you will look at me, and think you know what I am thinking. Maybe, you are right. But mostly, all you will see are the parts which I have wrapped in technicolor, and secrets which are shielded by swords of steel.
You would think you know me. You couldn't be more wrong.