Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems (forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains) and its biodiversity which in turn are the guarantee of different cultures, nutrition & nourishment, environmental sustainability and ultimately life on land are endangered by the human’s inhumane behavior and need kind attention.
Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty. (Welcome to the United Nations)
We know all the facts & figures, targets and concerned organizations working for the cause/ goal. Those who use these resources more have greater responsibility on their shoulders.
Life on land starts from mountains and rivers. We must first understand what it costs when we don’t respect Mother Nature. The earth is not only our home (mankind) but it is also the only home to the animals, birds and every form of life living on it.
For me, mountains and fresh water streams are most valuable and greater assets. All the soil types in the lands are the end product of denudation of mountain rocks. So, all the nutrition and nourishment produced from the soil generated by the denudation of mountains which are largest exposed asset for us. All the mineral resources and metals are mostly found in mountainous areas.
Rivers run through the expanses of land and create land-forms, scenery, biodiversity and cultures. Rivers and natural streams are very important for fresh water supply and must not be polluted. Effluents from industries should not be dumped into fresh water streams.
Environmental degradation and climate change is also associated with these natural assets and reserves. Glacier deposits are indicator of climate change and they are melting down rapidly in last decades. Natural forests are home to biodiversity on the land.
In an age where it is said that next world war will be on water conflicts.We can make strategy on large scale to restore fresh water reserves in dams and artificial aquifers under subsurface.
Consider if water sinks down all deep into the earth or if all subsurface was porous and impermeable and all water reaches down in mantle. Then there would never any flowing water on earth or water cycle?
A new tool to achieve the Goal15 targets - CSR VS CNPR (Corporate Social responsibility VS Corporate Nature Preservation responsibility)
Many industries and whole corporate sector include CSR responsibility in their policies and profiles. They promote social and community projects around their areas of interests or works. They build roads, schools and water filtration plants to show their concerns for human rights and social responsibilities in response to the advantages they get from resources and reserves.
We must have to understand that these reserves/resources or deposits are integral part of nature/earth first then they are owned by people as their properties.
We must have to return something to the nature in account of advantages we are obtaining from it. These can be in the form of remedies. For example, if some industry excretes greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere then it must has to remedy it by planting enough trees in similar amount/ credit or investing in climate act in response to the threat which it is causing to nature/earth.
We not only have to act for us but also for the future generations and every kind of life on earth who is suffering from our unsustainable acts.