I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. After a century of colossal tech developments, wild scientific advancements and crazy inventions, humans refuse to recognise and acknowledge how critical this planet’s well-being is to them. They have so much intelligence (haha), yet use so little of it. It’s scary, saddening and maddening to know that the activists amongst us have to wrestle with the governments to save humanity. Are you kidding me?
Delhi’s infamous pollution has cut the life expectancy of its residents by a handsome 6.3 years. We’ve reduced the mighty Yamuna to a trickle, and a joke. Eighteen lovely drains empty untreated sewage into it. In 2012 INR 1,500 crore was pumped into Yamuna to bring it back to life. In 2016, INR 4,500 crore will be spent on reviving the ailing river. No, nothing will be done about the industries that empty hot chemicals into it. We need the industries, stupid girl.
What circus is this, you ask? A severe case of misplaced priorities is what this is.
Because installing pollution control equipment is exorbitantly expensive, they don’t do it. Hey, they really cannot do it. It kills their profits, okay? They say they don’t know much about nuclear waste disposal and what they do know is very costly to implement. So they throw it in the ocean, sometimes bury it underground.
E-waste management isn’t very cost efficient either, so they dump waste in incinerators or landfills where it merrily releases toxics like mercury and lead into water and soil. Recycling is way too costly for manufacturers to undertake, okay?
These arguments are cogent and rational, it’s makes no economic sense to save the environment. My fat head gets it now. Big people, big corporations, big governments want to make big money to help the poor proletariat. Now if the activity of assembling big bucks destroys the very things that money is supposed to buy for people, well! So be it. Who cares? People can drink money when they run out of water.
Why give a crap about environment? Imagine how much happiness money will bring to you! There’s so much you can do with more finances. That fine house you always wanted? It will look marvellous amidst smoggy skies, dead land and rotting water.
What’s more, natural catastrophe will also bring with it economic opportunities. The corporations are looking forward to erecting markets of breathing masks and packeted air. Don’t sigh. These are as plausible as bottled water.
Jokes apart, the entire human race is mindless in a very, very funny way. Ah puny human! You commodify the world, create a few scientific wonders and think you’re the great conquerer? You build cars, planes, ships and think you rule nature. You’ve achieved so much in the last hundred years that you’re now drunk on power. But what is a hundred years?
In geology, it’s probably a dimensionless dot. The Earth has been around for 4.543 billion years. Do you think bad decisions made over a century or two will affect the Earth? Earth has survived everything in its time. From comets and meteors to rising/falling oceans and volcanic eruptions. What makes you think it cannot survive a nuclear apocalypse? Or thinning of ozone layer?
Yes, if all nuclear weapons went off together today, life as we know it will cease to exist. The Earth will become a sizzling ball of fire, some say it’ll experience a nuclear winter. But life, somewhere in some form, will survive. Maybe beneath the arctic ice or inside the oceanic vents, who can tell? And it’ll flourish when the conditions are ripe again. Oh, of course, we won’t be here to see it. We’ll be as gone as the dinosaurs. Grrrrr.
So what if we sooth all water with toxins or leak deadly poison into air? The Earth doesn’t care one bit, it’ll not be rendered useless. There are life forms that abhor oxygen. Heck, oxygen’s lethal for them. They’ll live on and soon rival the present variety and diversity of species. Evolution’s deviously beautiful, isn’t it? If we’re gone tomorrow, the Earth wouldn’t shed one tear for us.
So hello, puny humans. You’re not killing the Earth, it’s so mighty you can’t touch it. All you’re doing is moving towards your own demise at an increasing speed everyday. You’re slowly poisoning yourselves.
Also, I did not cause Delhi’s pollution, give me my 6 years back, okay?