Earth vs World
22/04/2020 | Kathiresan
Earth Vs World
While these two words may sound synonymous, there are a few differences, few very important differences we would like to highlight through this article. The Earth on one hand is created by nature, the world on the other hand is a result of all the human activities. The earth is the basis of all life, the symbiosis of different ecosystems. The world, however, consists of all things artificial and represents the disruption and disbalance of the natural ecosystems. The earth can be equated to love, harmony, beauty whereas the world can be equated to money, power & consumption DNA.
Knowing these differences is the first step in understanding how important it is for us to protect and preserve the Earth. By creating a life closer to nature, in tandem with other creatures & species, we, humans will be the ones to gain, while by destroying the nature, we could lose the very existence of our entire species.
Why we need to understand the difference
As humans have evolved and big events like the industrial revolution and the World Wars have taken place, the difference between the Earth and the world has become wider and wider. Humans have become more detached from the Earth and grown closer to the world. We have created this World by destroying the Earth. During the process of creating this World, we have forgotten to nurture the Earth. Large scale deforestation to build industries and residential complexes have led to hundreds of thousands of animals being rendered homeless. Mass fishing where a large part of the catch is unwanted and is discarded, is depleting our oceans. The forests are being burnt & cleared to creature pasture lands for industrial animal rearing. Believing that we are creating a better World, we have lost our touch with the Earth. While we have progressed to a time where an estimated 48% of the total world population of 7.4 billion (2017) has access to the internet, at the same time, we have lost substantial amounts of our snow caps since the 50’s. Things that are supposed to happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. According to Daniel Farge, the leading scientist to study the shrinking of glaciers in Glacier National Park over the past 50 years; the famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80 percent since 1912. Glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya in India are retreating so fast that researchers believe that most central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035
Our forest covers are also diminishing. According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN, Forests and trees make vital contributions to both people and the planet, bolstering livelihoods, providing clean air and water, conserving biodiversity and responding to climate change. Our forests are our water fountains. Apart from providing drinking water for over 1/3 of the world's largest cities, forests also act as carbon sinks, absorbing roughly 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. We can not afford to lose them.
It seems like common sense to save the forests and be mindful of our consumption of natural resources but we are so blinded by our greed for power, money and vanity that all we think about is the world, neglecting, harming & destroying the earth.
The World could come to an end, the Earth would not
So, is the economic progress all bad? No, It’s not the economic progress that is bad, what is bad is the attitude of us humans to strive for economic progress at all costs. Even if it means depleting our limited natural resources, even if it means leading ourselves on the way to self-destruction. We humans need to understand that the Earth has nothing to lose, its humans that are going to lose their habitat. Let us not forget that the Earth has lived long before humans arrived and will continue to exist even after humans cease to exist.
So where do we go from here
It’s not all downhill from here. We still have hope. Scientists predict that we have about 12 years to reverse the ill effects of the climate crisis. The smallest of the acts now are going to have a collective impact and we want to encourage each and every one to become a bit more conscious of their action and consumption. In words of Sir David Attenborough, “ Don’t waste electricity, don’t waste paper, don’t waste food- Live the way you want to live, but just don’t waste”. We need to be constantly mindful of our ways and if it’s called being frugal then so be it. Let’s be frugal if that is what is needed to preserve our Earth in its pristine form, let’s be frugal if that is what can save humanity from perishing. Let’s choose the Earth, not the world!