Who speaks for them?
Published 14th November 2009 - 19 comments - 30881 views -
The world has been debating about climate change. All sorts of arguments have been put forward. To me what strikes as the most convincing argument is this: We have to move on from a fossil-fuel based society to a more sustainable one. We cannot just go on exploiting nature. Because, as someone rightly said, Nature doesn't do bailouts.
Maybe we would'nt get so carried away in defending oil and coal and big polluters, if we weren't so selfish. Out talks are always centred around us. What about the animals and birds? Who speaks for them? Don't they have a right to this planet? Should we not strive for a world where we don't harm plants and animal species beyond recognition? The more I spend time walking in the forests, watching birds, the more I am convinced that getting closer to nature is the key to develop a better understanding of the world we live in.
The blue tit is a common UK bird. It's an amazing bundle of energy. I have spend hours upon hours on weekends watching its antics on birdfeeders. It has taught me to care about the world around me, more than any Nat Geo documentary. I want to preserve natural areas so that blue tits and robins and chaffinces can survive. If we have to be selfish, then let us be selfish about the joys we can have from nature. And not from aerated drinks which waste natural resources and take huge amounts of greenwashing to come clean.
So my question is, at Copenhagen, who will speak for the dying vulture? Poisoned by Diclofenac, it has almost become extinct. We don't just lose the vulture, we break the ever important ecological cycle. Should the climate deal be only about controlling emissions, or should it also be about life?
So my question is, at Copenhagen who will speak for the Indian tiger? Poached and hunted to satiate the ever growing Chinese desire for its body parts. If we kill the tiger, we lose water. Because the forests tigers live in are home to water bodies. No tiger, no forests, no water.
So my question is, at Copenhagen, who will speak for the dying rivers? Who will speak for the Yamuna in Delhi? From a mighty river, it has become a trickle of sewage. Corruption, apathy and ignorance has led to this.
And should we speak in such a language, who will disagree? Who will disagree about a more agreeable world?
I leave you with some portraits of the silent voices that we may hear, if we stopped listening to just ourselves.
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