What nature gifted us and what we returned?
Third planet from the sun, located in goldilocks zone of the solar system, THE EARTH is the only natural habitable planet (apart of MARS which scientists and astronomers are trying to colonize artificially). Since the birth it was home to many species, which vanished with time due to environmental changes. Out of all the life humans makes only 0.01% but have potentially destroyed 83% of the planet that includes forests, wildlife, marine life and unknown species.
“ASCENT OF HUMANITY IS THE DESCENT OF NATURE.”
Human race is quite prevalent of all the Eco system of Earth. As per survey conducted in 2017 total world population is around 7.6 billion and increasing. The increase of mankind caused a dramatic decrease in natural landscape. More human means more homes, more space, more food and basic necessity supplies which indirectly decreased forests that in turn decreased wildlife and marine life.
Industrial revolution devolved us from cave man to our present form at the cost of deforestation, global warming, adverse weather conditions and many more.
Amazon Rainforest. The surviving green (left) to slashed grey (right).
Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters©
Some hypnagogic landscapes of our planet then and now
- Las Salinas de Torrevieja – Spain
Located on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante, on the southeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, the lake has pink two salty water. The color is due to seaweed (algae) that discharge red pigment under certain circumstances. During breeding season many flamingos and other aquatic birds also visit this lake.
- Aral Sea – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
The Aral Sea was an endorheic lake (one with no outflow) lying between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south. Over a period of time this sea has undergone major environmental disaster and has shrunk. This shrinking is marked as “one of the planets worst environmental disasters.” The international environmental bodies and the local government took measured to revert this disaster by building a high cost dam to prevent it from completely drying. Now after almost a decade this sea is filling again.
Aral Sea 1989 (left) vs 2014 (right) Photograph: NASA Earth Observatory ©
- Lake Oroville – USA
Lake Oroville is a basin formed by the Oroville Dam located in Butte County, northern California. This lake plays avital role in fishery business. For the past decade it is experiencing a hard drought. The water level and surrounding greenery has dropped critically low and until 2014, when U.S government takes measures to restore this lake back to its original and minimizing the danger of drought in the city.
Lake Oroville July 2010 (left) vs July 2016 (right) Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images©
- Urbanization of Dubai
From skyscrapers to floating island on water, a perfect place to spend some quality time is none other than Dubai. Forty years ago this place was nothing but a desert. Over the course of time this place is quadrupled in every aspect (population, infrastructure, economy). Building this city from scratch was not an easy task. Lack of water, strong winds and high temperatures stand in the way. Despite everything today the city stands high and is lit to its maximum and counting. This endangered the environment by unexpected weather conditions and a rise of almost about 10-20 degree Celsius in temperature.
Dubai 1990 (left) vs 2018 (right) Photography: Wikimedia Commons©
- Global temperatures
Since the birth, the Earth has witnessed many changes and has undergone many eras. The ice age, rise and fall of Jurassic world are some examples of varying temperatures. Annually there the temperature of the planet rise by 0.8 degree Celsius and is expected to rise more in years to come. 2016 was recorded as the warmest year in the history. Depletion of ozone layer, greenhouse gases, rise of CO2 levels in the atmosphere are few of most reasons behind this change.
June 1976 (left) vs June 2018 (right) Photography: Earth Science Communications Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory | California Institute of Technology©
- Qori Kalis Glacier-Peru
Tropical glacier (glaciers found on high mountains and are very perceptive to global climate. They are major water source to the local down lands.) Qori kalis is found in Andes mountains of Peru are also an alarming aftermath of global warming. Its melting rate is drastically high, nearly 40 times the actual melting rate. This endanger many towns and cities below with the high chance of flood and water surge. With this velocity the planet can lose one of its water source soon.
July 1978 (left) vs July 2011 (right) Photography: NASA Earth Observatory ©
- Hierapolis – Pamukkale- Turkey
Once named as Ottoman Empire, today’s Turkey beholds some of nature’s most magnificent landscape. At Pamukkale (Turkish for ‘Cotton Castle’) salt waters have formed a snow-white landscape of calcified waterfalls, step-terraced pools almost 200m above the plain. This place is dated back to 2nd century B.C and ruins of Greeks can still be found on the vicinity. The place was labeled as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. There is no proof of environmental change but it is believed that site has witnessed 20% shrinkage and a rise of about 5 degree Celsius in temperature for the past two decades.
The original site as captured by © 2017 International Union for Conservation of Nature and UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Reason behind celebrating “THE EARTH DAY (not to be confused by Earth Hour)” is to educate the young generation, importance of our planet and finding a possible way to save it from ultimate damage. We (humans) without realizing is damaging our home in every possible way and the time is not so far that we cause it the damage beyond limits of reverting it. We only have a generation left to save this place. WE CAN, WE WILL!!!!!!