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Kanmani Gobal

What does biodiversity mean to you? To me, biodiversity means the harmonious,
rhythmic fluttering of a big, colourful butterfly around a purple petunia on a humid
evening. To me, biodiversity portrays the image of a majestic Malayan tiger making its
way through our tropical jungle, carrying itself with an outstanding degree of superbia.
Let me shed some light on the definitions of two words which are going to be of great
importance here. According to the Cambridge dictionary, biodiversity signifies the
number and types of plant and animal species that exist in a particular environmental area
or in the world generally or the problem of protecting this. Meanwhile, crisis implies a
situation that has reached an extremely difficult or dangerous point or a time of great
disagreement, uncertainty or suffering. Biodiversity crisis, hence, together, entails
problems or threats faced by the plant and animal species that exist in an ecosystem.
Biodiversity is a very crucial element in our lives. The importance of biodiversity
include stability of climate, continuous existence in the richness of flora and fauna
species, uninterrupted supply of natural resources and maintenance of good health. When
I mention crucial, I mean in an extravagant and eminent degree of grandness! A stable
biologically-diverse ecosystem is one whereby every living organism interacts with each
other and is interdependent amongst one another in order to sustain a symmetrical life on
Earth. If the ecosystem is caused disruptions, usually by the species of our kind, humans,
unfavourable effects would evoke, which we would then complain about. Funny, isnt it,
the fact that we fuss and fret about issues we have knowingly or unknowingly instigated
ourselves?
Great deals of impairments have been done to the environment. These include global
warming which is the substantial increase in the average temperature of the Earth,
pollutions of water and air and the depletion of the ozone layer. You may be asking, Are
these stuffs really that bad? And Ill tell you. They are. They are in fact monstrous in
their own distinctive way. Global warming stimulates the melting of the North Pole
which could cost the lives of beings there. Pollutions can cause skin cancer and medical
conditions related to the respiratory tracts. The ozone layer imbibes the unsafe ultraviolet
rays and prevents these disastrous rays from reaching the earth. When the ozone layer
gets thinner and a hole is formed, the ultraviolet rays can no longer be inhibited from
reaching the earth. This is especially unfavourable because ultraviolet rays have been an
item of association with malignant neoplastic diseases alias cancer.
So what is the society doing about this? Many concerned affiliations, individuals,
agencies and parties alike have taken effort and are persisting in doing so in order to
preserve our environment. Amongst the travails is An Inconvenient Truth, a
documentary film which was directed by Davis Guggenheim emphasizing on the attempt
of Al Gore, former United States President, to raise awareness of climate change. This
documentary film has invigorated the senses of many and thus has been included in
curricula in schools globally. Besides that, Earth Day has been denoted as a day of
appreciation of the environment of the Earth and is celebrated annually on the 22nd of

April in almost every part of the world. Not to draw a blank on automobile companies
like Honda which incessantly gets hold of ways to improve the efficiency of its vehicles
to guarantee that emissions to the surroundings do not affect the environment in a
harmful manner. LG, abbreviation for Lifes Good, an international electronics company,
has adopted its responsibility through the development of environmental-friendly
products as well.
Large organizations have come to realize the importance of contribution for the
betterment of our environment. Being an individual as a small, separate unit doesnt mean
that our effort will not be felt. This is a common preconceived notion that many of us
have, assuming that one or two people who try to protect the environment cannot save the
environment altogether. If everyone thinks this way, nobody would be serving in large
scales. There are numerous things we, as the younger generation, can do to salvage our
environment. It is only required of us to learn and apply the many fashions of saving the
environment.
Firstly, we have to practice the 3Rs; Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. The recycling of
materials means that lesser amount of these things will be necessitated to be obtained
from its natural resources. Recycling newspapers and unwanted documents is a good
thing to do as we can spare the trees from being cut down. If trees are cut down, ruinous
occurrences such as soil erosion, loss of habitats of flora and fauna and landslides will
lead to bigger battles like the depletion of the ozone layer and pollution but to name a
few. Likewise, reducing the buying power of non-biodegradable products such as plastics
and ceramics is a judicious decision as the amount of energy needed to manage these
products can be saved. Also, as far as you can, reuse things that you already possess. You
can compile and use the unused sides of unwanted documents to write things down.
Besides, you can turn used coffee grounds into fertilisers for vegetables in your garden as
coffee grounds have been proven scientifically to enhance plant growth. In addition to
that, regardless of their materials, use empty jars and bottles as container to store things
like spices, cookies, buttons and just about anything that fits into them!
Secondly, we can participate in environmental activities organized by both
governmental and non-governmental organisations in order to raise awareness of the
public. Assuming that there is a lack of such opportunities, work with your school or
neighbourhood to host a day of clean-up and have everybody get together to make this
happen. What do we get from this, you ask? We would have not only given rise to a
healthier and cleaner surrounding, but will have our social ties enhanced! Now thats
what I consider killing two birds with a stone. Sounds like a plan? Execute it!
Thirdly, ascertain that carbon footprint is abundantly reduced. Carbon footprint is the
emission of carbon dioxide to the surrounding through activities or by people. The
voluminous emission of carbon dioxide will mean an increase in greenhouses gases and
consequently temperature rise or in other words, global warming. To overcome this
problem, there are measures we can assume such as using rechargeable batteries, saving
electricity by turning all electrical appliances off when not in use, recycling, making
compost, using the refrigerator meagrely and turning the tap off when brushing your

teeth. These are random measures which can bring about significant and pregnant
goodness if a little effort and initiative is put in by all of us.
What happens if the environment is not protected? What happens if we do not extend
our part in saving the surroundings that we live in? You may not be able to comprehend
the seriousness of this issue simply because it may seem as if this juncture is not
interfering directly with your day-to-day routine. Or maybe it does interpose with your
daily happenings but you do not realise that. If this is your discernment, please look
around you. Look at the sky and notice the haze. Feel the temperature. Notice the corpse
of a fish floating and forming water ripples on the surface of a nearby lake. This is just
the beginning. What you are seeing now is just a diminished part of a big picture. Look
around you and empathise the atrociousness we have caused. Doesnt it pain you to learn
that you could have done something? Its not too late. Has it dawned on you that you
have to do something? It has on me. I am very much determined to do all I can afford to
in order to save Mother Earth. I am going to start recycling. I am going to use
biodegradable paper bags. Those are just to name a few. Lets all join forces;
governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, communities, schools, students,
everyone. Let us combat this crisis with a straight mind, a kind heart and tireless hands.
Let us give Mother Nature what we have taken away from her, her peacefulness.