Life on Land
The three important elements that make up the environment we live in are-:
These elements play a crucial role in maintaining a stable life for citizens globally. There is probably no specific replacement that would make up on the same level as these elements if they get ruined.
Then v/s Now
Years back, the world was not introduced to the idea of modernization through science and technology. People lived simply, earning a basic living, spending on basic necessities, and indulging in raw tasks that had nothing to do with extraordinarily busy lives filled with unnecessary tediousness. That’s how life was a long time back.
Now, time has drastically changed. Not only have lives become complicated and challenging but also, due to the unprecedented amount of demands that the world expects to be quenched by the environment, nature suffers from this load. The environment is constantly being used up and resources are being hampered by us to satisfy our needs and requirements.
The significance of preserving terrestrial resources
We, as humans, are land creatures. We were made and have evolved in such a way that land is the only place where we can survive. Being the creatures living on land, it is our utmost responsibility and duty to preserve it in all forms. One major reason for us to look after our terrestrial resources is that we don’t have an alternative option to lean on if we aren’t able to take care of what we already have.
The common saying, ‘There’s no plan B because there’s no planet B’ stands absolutely true in this case. Considering the significance of preserving terrestrial resources, The United Nations Organisation placed the life on land sustainable development goal at the 15th position of their list of 17 sustainable development goals in total. This goal highlights various sub-goals and targets that fall under the main agenda. Highlighting these targets paves a way for all of us to consider these targets separately and contribute to finding solutions to the existing crisis.
Tracing a path towards change
Conserve and restore terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
One of the foremost agendas is to not only conserve the existing non-hampered resources but also restore the ones that have already been ruined due to excessive and non- considerate usage.
End deforestation and restore degraded forests
It’s been a common observation and also a confirmed fact as per official reports given by carrying out surveys that the area which was earlier covered under forest land is now depleting at a rapid pace as the establishment of highways, buildings, research centers, etc require to be built on clear lands. However, forest areas can’t just be avoided like that as they are also important to keep a healthy environmental cycle going at a stable pace.
Ensure the conservation of mountain lands
Mountains are home to ice caps, fresh air, and other important resources that are essential for life maintenance. However, an increasing number of landslide reports coming out from various mountainous areas induce a kind of fear about depleting mountain areas.
Protect biodiversity and natural ecosystems
Protecting our biodiversity, which is an absolutely precious gift of nature to us, is extremely crucial. Therefore, we must protect it at all costs.
To sum up
We must keep in mind that development needs to take place in a sustainable manner for us to preserve what is naturally gifted for the coming generations to witness. Nature is not a thing to be taken for granted or lightly. It's high time we take a step forward and try to implement all that is just being talked about lately.