Environment Does Not Need Our Protection

Today is the World Water Day. On this day I wanted to write something about water and environment. And then I realized that I could not write better than what my wife – Jyoti – had written on environmental protection sometime back on her NGO’s website – she works in the area of water conservation and runs a NGO called FORCE – Forum For Organised Resource Conservation & Enhancement. So I have flicked this article from her blog and published here. I don’t know about the Google wrath, but I know that this is what I feel and would like to talk about today. So here it is with just a little bit of my own modifications here and there: ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- ‘Environmental Issues' and ‘Environmental Protection’ are the new buzz words – in policy, text books, corporate manuals, CSR agendas, political manifestos, NGO Objectives……. Anywhere and everywhere….the slogan is – ‘PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT’. And yet…the ‘Environment’ continues to get a raw deal everywhere –  villages spring up in forests, animals disappear; mining holes appear in ancient mountain ranges, mountains become bare; streams dry up, rivers turn into nullahs; wells give water of all colours & smog envelops us all…. Why this dichotomy on environment issues?? Sometime back, as I was interacting with a bright young set of media & communication management students, I found the answer to this apparent contradiction. It’s all a matter of semantics – our choice of words. The words ‘Protect the Environment’ – cue off in our brain, the thought “The Environment is under threat of destruction. We must do all we can to protect it...

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