|Posted on June 11, 2017 at 6:25 AM|
United we stand. Divided we fall.
The Earth Anthem is a song penned down by the Indian poet and diplomat Abhay Kumar to exalt planet Earth and all the life forms inhabiting the globe. It is sung to celebrate World Environment Day. This song has been aptly described by the Hollywood director and Academy Award winner Jeffrey D. Brown as a joyous celebration of common humanity.
The Earth is a celestial beauty, a classic epitome of the splendour of the Universe. Among the vast expanse of unending darkness and nothingness, the Earth appears to be a mesmerising oasis, a breathtaking merger of all the colours of the spectrum. Seventy per cent of the surface of this planet is covered by water, while the remaining thirty per cent is made up of land. This makes this oblate spheroid appear like a blue marble or a blue pearl nurtured carefully as its cherished treasure by the grand oyster known as the Universe.
The Blue Marble – The Earth as seen from Apollo 17, the enterprise of NASA that landed the first humans on the Moon
The seven continental landmasses and the water bodies, all harbour God’s finest creation – life. The biosphere sprawls across the globe, establishing itself over every unit of surface area of the Earth with all its grandeur and diversity since the formation of the first cell and will continue to do so for infinite number of generations to come. But it will be possible only if we, human beings, protect the biosphere and its species diversity from every possible harm.
Man is considered to be the most intelligent living being. But, to our own dismay, we have let ourselves plunge into the narrow parochialism which has deprived us of our scientific intellect and rationale and has divided the entire mankind into innumerable tiny sects based on caste, creed, religion, sex etc. Our outwardly appearance is just a mere game of genes. At the core of our hearts, we are all bonded to each other by the very delicate string called mankind. We are a part of the Nature, which houses uncountable other forms of life that demand and deserve our care.
On this World Environment Day, let us all pledge to create a world as envisioned by Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, where “the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit”. Let us awaken the logical rationale within ourselves so that we can break the “narrow domestic walls” fragmenting our world and form a global unit – mankind in its true form. Our motto will be to protect our habitat, Mother Earth. Our path of progress will be marked by a flag bearing the image of the Earth, not of any particular caste, creed or sect. Let us immerse ourselves into the joyous celebration of life on Earth.
InquiScitive wishes all its readers and followers a clean, green, healthy and happy World Environment Day.
The author, Vaidehi Roy Chowdhury, is a student of the Department of Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata. She is also the Associate Editor of InquiScitive.
Categories: Environment & Ecology