I always used to think that the developed nations have a better record with the environment, with more educated and active citizens always taking part in the conservation process. Part of such belief has grown out of a memoir written by a renowned intellectual from my native place that I read several years ago. It had an account of his stint in Britain where once he saw villagers feeding migratory birds during winter just to save their lives!
Due to the aforementioned reasons, this recent news of Britain’s rapidly degrading biodiversity has really come as a shocker for me. It has also made me ponder over the future of this world. If such a developed country with a rich cultural heritage can be so ignorant then what can happen in underdeveloped countries? Can the ones who cannot feed themselves think of the nature?
Why do we need biodiversity?
As for most of the mankind, utility is the only beauty. Let me explain the need of biodiversity for ourselves. This is how the nature keeps the balance and controls the ecosystem. For example, everyone probably remembers the school book lesson that explains how the deer will overgrow and finish off the plants if all the tigers disappear. Every species is there for a purpose. The ones that become obsolete disappear themselves. Human beings have now developed beyond the nature. But even we cannot break this fine-tuned system and survive. There will be several side effects and anomalies in the environment and the climate in the long run if any one part of this delicate system is damaged. Actually we are already seeing the effects of our atrocities over the nature in the form of global warming, climate changes and other natural calamities.
Light at the end of the tunnel
Anyway, a section of the people seems to be waking up as they see the disaster looming large over their own heads. Several proposals are being made to counter the bleak scenario and also putting emphasize on more efficient use of public funding. A good way of mending the loopholes is the reintroduction of extinct species, in case they are available elsewhere. Interested readers can visit this link for an interesting story about pool frogs in Britain.
But the best way is to take measures before something actually gets extinct. Industrial growth and new farming practices have also been affecting the green cover which is inevitable. But investments must be made to find out the least harmful modes of growth. Finally, as always, I have to say that Political will is the most important factor in this regard. It’s the leadership who has the power to implement the measures, forcefully if necessary!