Environment degradation has attained such an extent where the hazardous consequences are right in front of our eyes.
This year the theme of World Environment Day is ecosystem restoration and here are some aspects which need to be considered (in India):
Agriculture is one of the major sources of income but, the excess use of pesticides and insecticides has to lead to decreased soil fertility as well as the chemicals have made their way to food plates and underground water.
Climate change has lead to an increase in the number of cyclones, storms and floods. It has also affected agriculture as frequent hailstorms and excess rain had lead to a decrease in crop yield.
India is ranked fourth in the worst climate-induced disaster-hit country in the world and has suffered several disasters such as floods, storms and cyclones in 2020 and 2021 till May.
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Water pollution is another alarming issue as the ongoing projects (and the older ones) hasn’t lead to any improvement in the quality of water bodies. The major rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and Godavari are gradually becoming dirtier.
Air pollution is increasing in most of the cities of India, especially those in the Indo-Gangetic plains. According to a recent study, there were twenty-two cities of India in the thirty most polluted cities of the world.
Out of the 6.67 million deaths due to air pollution in 2019, 1.67 million were in India.
Human negligence, an increase in temperature, and a decrease in rainfall has lead to enormous forest fires, mostly in the regions of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Mizoram and Manipur.
Current Scenario Instead of looking for solutions to the above issues, the government is busy planning to make money from natural resources. Recently, an online campaign has been initiated against the BJP lead government and the private firm, who wishes of setting a diamond mine in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh by cutting lacs of trees and by destroying the livelihood of tribal people of the Buxwaha forest.
Scientifically known as Thevetia peruviana or Cascabela thevetia. This flower is native to Mexico and Central America. It is ornamental and has a pleasant smell. But, each and every part of this plant is poisonous.
Scientifically known as Turnera diffusa. This flower is native to United States, Central America, Mexico, South America and Carribean. The flowers are small and aromatic. It has a good medicinal value. It is used to treat mental disorders, depression and many more.
The yellow rose signifies friendship, joy and good health. Friends bring happiness and joy in life which is essential for good health. If a friend is to life, the yellow rose is for a friend. Bearing the optimistic shades, it adds warmth to life. The yellow flower is always for good wishes.
The orange flowers symbolise energy, joy, positivity, harmony, charm and creativity. As it is the colour of rising sun, it depicts growth and progress.
While human lives have somewhere stopped in a hope of the betterment of the current pandemic situation, there’s a living nature in which the others creatures are on their respective routes towards growth. Similarly, we will also trace the locations of our success, love, peace and contentment by having faith in our positive and uplifting beliefs.
Here are some pictures which I collected from a nearby field.
The arriving summer and the aroma of delicious mangoes complement each other. Consumption of aam-panna, made from raw mangoes is the best way to keep oneself hydrated in the scorching sun. The ripe mangoes are world famous for it’s delicious taste, the unripe mangoes are also beneficial for health. They are rich in Vitamin A, E and C, calcium and magnesium. They relieve in stomach problems like ingestion, bloating, detoxification of liver, increase in production of bile secretion and enhances the hormonal system.
India is the largest producer of mangoes and contributes to about 50% of world’s total production. Out of the 500 varieties of mango, Alphonso is referred to as “King of Mango” because of its exotic taste and texture. The variety is mainly grown in the regions of Maharashtra.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.
Sylvia Path, The Bell Jar
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.
Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
John Muir, The Mountains of California
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock, The Use of Life
Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.
Louisa May Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase
Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.
The same day, a year ago I started this blog based on nature as a pastime. I captured herbs, blossoms and artistic sunsets which somehow made me feel refreshing. I clicked them all and started them sharing here.
This day is an important one as I wasn’t expecting that I would even come this long on WordPress, as I had shortage of content but, anyhow I have reached here only because of your kind support and encouragement.
During this one year journey, my blog was awarded with, GAMBA Blogging Award, which encouraged me to use my blog to spread peace among WordPress community and contribute to environment conservation. After this, I started sharing articles on environment, people and science, writing them seemed fascinating to me so, I continued writing more.
Another thing that I want to say is that, I gained a lot of scientific and moral knowledge while searching content for this blog. Thus, my blog doesn’t only help me to improve writing skills but, it also helped me to learn more in field of science.
The main objective of my blog is to spread good vibes among reader and for my personal development, to build a better sense of belongingness with the world.
Overall, I enjoyed starting this blog and sharing my thoughts with my WordPress family. Thank you so much for being so encouraging and supporting.❤
We, the human beings. We feel. We love. We struggle. We communicate. We inspire.
I believe that the people around us are a source of great encouragement and motivation so, today’s post is about some people from my circle to make this day special.
Nandinee Sarkar, Singer
Nandinee learned music from her mother, by singing with her and by listening to her when she taught music to children.
During initial days at school, her classmates already had their specific groups and she faced difficulty in making friends. But, by participating in singing competitions, she gathered a lots of appreciation from her teachers and classmates (who also made her good friend). Besides her higher education, she kept on creating a supportive circle of singers around her and kept on winning hearts through soulful voice.
She says that singing is her alternative career option as there’s lack of stability in the music industry but, she is giving her best to let the world know her amazing talent. She is also looking for opportunities to take part in reality shows.
The sound of nature- the birds song, the flowing waterfall, the rainforests sounds….you could imagine them in your head as the words appear in front of you!!
And recalling the times when you were away from the crowd and anthropogenic activities creates a series of refreshing scenarios.
In the present time, when one is surrounded with the smoky industries, heavy traffic sounds and huge buildings around, these things adversely affects the behavior, physiology and fitness of human beings. Thus, there is a need of spending some time in the fresh air to let our inner soul breathe in peace.
Advantage of Natural Sound
According to the latest scientific research, the natural sound changes the behaviour of synapse (which joins neurons with each other for transmission of electrical signals from our body parts to brain and vice versa) because of which the nervous connection across the body improves.
Moroever, the natural sound decreases the sympathetic responses and increases the parasympathetic responses responsible for regulation of unconscious activities like digestion, breathing etc thus, enabling the natural nervous control of body.
The natural sounds
Impart positive vibes.
Enhance focus and concentration of individual.
Create moment of peace.
Application of Natural Sound
By mixing live instruments and natural sounds sleep and music for meditation has been created to produce a sense of being close to nature, improve sleeping patterns and for effective meditation.
Here, I have attached a playlist on natural sounds on spotify. (Ofcouse, you can find much more music there)
The post is about some female members of the species, who are powerful, independent and leading.
1. Lioness are believed to be best at hunting and more active than lions. They are more frequently spotted in groups for hunting in the forests.
2. Orca are the female hunting groups in the marine animals. They are matriarchal and act as leaders for their tribe.
3. Parthenogenesis is the phenomenon of production of young ones from the female gametes without fertilization. This is observed in about 80 taxon of fishes, lizards, reptiles and few birds. These females have capability of giving rise to young ones without their male partner.
I hope you liked this post. Do comment about any other such organisms.