By Asfa Asad
Mother Earth is suffering badly. Let’s protect her right away. For always, she has been nourishing, blessing, feeding, and pampering humans. She has been giving us the best of the foods and water to sustain us, places to live, and warmth to survive. She has been so kind to us that whatever tragedies happened to her, she never stopped giving us.
But in return, we have not even given her back 1% of what she deserves. If you wonder what Mother Earth deserves? There is a long list to pen down, love, care, help, a good relationship based on sharing, and mutual support.
Instead of providing goods, humans have generated several problems for Earth. We have caused deforestation, soil erosion, pollution, climate changes, and biodiversity loss on Planet Earth. These are some of the major issues Mother nature is facing now. We have to protect her from those problems.
Mother Earth Is Suffering
Let us try to discuss what we can do for each of the problems to protect Mother Nature.
Deforestation is the process of decrease in the forest areas of the world. Mostly, it is happening due to human activities such as urbanization and mining. These activities are eventually affecting natural ecosystems, biodiversity, and the climate. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the annual rate of deforestation to be around 1.3 million km2 per decade.
Deforestation has many impacts on this globe. One major impact is Climate change. It is pretty much understood that trees balance the level of respiratory and other gases. Fewer trees mean less oxygen is released and less CO2 is absorbed. Hence, it is important to have a good percentage of healthy forests in different parts of the world to balance the gases in the atmosphere.
Deforestation can be treated by continuously planting more trees. Tree planting campaigns can be run on a large scale by the Government to protect Mother Earth
Deforestation decreases the fertility of the soil in long term. Because forested soils are usually not only richer in organic matter, and beneficial microorganisms, but also cope with erosion and bad weather conditions. This occurs principally because roots help fix trees in the ground and the sun-blocking tree cover helps the soil to slowly dry out. As a result, deforestation will probably mean the soil will become increasingly fragile, leaving the area more exposed to natural disasters such as landslides and floods.
Pollution is another global problem. It is the introduction of toxic substances called pollutants into the environment. These pollutants can be natural, such as volcanic ash, or can be synthetic such as factory waste.
The three major types of pollution are air pollution, water pollution, and land pollution. It is damaging the quality of air, water, and land. For example, pesticides and other chemicals have been found in the Antarctic ice sheet. Plastic material is found in large amounts in the ocean.
4- Climate Changes
Climate change is the result of many human activities. Deforestation is the biggest reason for climate change because it leads to less rainfall. Less rainfall leads to global warming then global warming causes ice sheets and glaciers to melt. The melting ice causes sea levels to rise at a rate of 2 millimeters. The islands of the Maldives are facing the threat of this climate change.
5- Biodiversity Loss On Planet Earth
Biodiversity loss is natural if happens at a certain rate and has happened throughout history. But the crucial difference is that this time the threat is being caused by humans. Several human activities are accelerating biodiversity loss. These activities are overusing seas and oceans such as through fishing, polluting our air, soil, and water systems, hunting, and also – voluntarily or involuntarily – transporting invasive species across distant regions. And this is happening on an unprecedented, worldwide scale.
How can we heal Mother Earth’s Suffering and protect her?
In a nutshell, Mother Earth is suffering extremely, these sufferings can be healed if we control human activities that are harmful. I would like to see governmental efforts along with citizens. They should put their money, time, thoughts, and energy into this concern. These issues are important to be resolved now as our future depends on them
I wish we stop providing harm to Mother Earth as soon as possible and this is not hard to do if we try. Let’s protect her before it becomes too late