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.
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.
“When I was six years old I used to accompany my sisters in dance, and by learning from them, I started taking part in dance competitions in school. My teachers, classmates and seniors appreciated my skills. Later on, I got very much inclined towards painting. My drawing teacher had a major role in this because she encouraged me and supported me alot to refine my art. She treated me like her daughter and I felt blessed to have her in my life. At that time, I was struggling a lot while making bonds with my friends but, through painting, I gained confidence and a comfort zone in it. In standard six itself, I participated in All India Painting Competition on the theme “Save Water” organized by Water Commission of India. Luckily, I got selected with fifty other talented participants and we went to Lucknow for the second round. I was selected in top 10 participants and it was a proud moment for me and my parents, who were there with me. I still paint…but, there is no excitement for rewards anymore. The outcome itself is a reward. I love holding this power by which I can express my perspective through sketching and colouring , singing and dancing.”
“Art was something I always liked but never got that opportunity to fully focus on it, and give it all my time. But thanks to Lockdown, due to which I got ample time to focus on my hobby / passion. Earlier when I was probably in 2nd /3rd standard, I started pursuing Art classes but then left it since I wasn’t able to balance between it and my studies. After that I used to only draw wherever it was needed in my school curriculum but not for my own pleasure. But since may 2020, I started exploring different artforms like Mandalaz Watercolor, Pencil Sketch,Brush Calligraphy , Madhubani painting. Hoping to explore more slowly. I now know what my hobby is. Earlier I didn’t have any particular one. So I’m happy about the thing that I now create artworks for myself, for my happiness. Thank you 😊❤️”
She shares her lovely art works and tutorials here.
Credits- Music: Take it, Musician- LiQWYD.
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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)
Beauty is not mostly about looks rather it’s about one’s nature. It is all those qualities that create good vibes among the people around.
The refreshing sunrise and fading sunset. The bright moon and the twinkling stars. Colourful birds and roaming animals. They all are beauties of Earth.
Kindness, compassion, love, care, humbleness and respect, all these are the beauties of beings. All species have these beauties.
But, think of ourselves what we do is that we create our standards of beauty, the perfect look that one should have. And then, we communicate our irrelevant remarks on the physical appearance of people and make them feel bad. It is better to be a moment of happiness in someone’s life rather than making someone feel bad for how they look.
Tall and short. Slim and fat. Young and old. Colour of skin. These all are the traits which distinguish people from each other. They should not be taken as standards of beauty. Beauty resides in one’s nature and behaviour.
Today I am with an amazing article on the relation between nature and human beings instead of some pictures…
When I randomly ask you about the most fascinating thing of your life, it will not be a social media post or any movie (I am not against them I mean to say reality is more amazing than the virtual world) but, it will surely be something related to nature like, when you first hiked a mountain, when you first saw a waterfall, snow-covered peaks, the beautiful sea waves and many more…so, we all have felt close to nature atleast a time or several many times or everytime…
Even the psychological studies have proved that human beings are really close to nature and the natural environment in which they live has a lot to do with human psychology.
So, they called the branch dealing with this as environmental psychology or ecopsychology…
This branch was introduced on the basis of a research publication by Proshansky and group in 1958 at the University of New York.
As per the need of time when nature’s extreme exploitation by humans has led to change in climatic conditions, loss of habitats of rare and extinct animals, ecosystem imbalance, ecopsychology can be a medium towards sustainable development. It will lead to a healthy relationship between nature and human.
📌 When we will step out of our homes and see the wonders of nature, we will desire to protect them too…
📌 We will appreciate the beautiful things nature has to give…
📌 When we will look at the trees, we will develop a lot of gratitude as they keep our surroundings so peaceful…
📌 When it rains, we all love that pleasant petrichor smell and the sounds of raindrops falling around that will urge us to be more environment friendly to keep favourable climatic conditions…
📌 When we spend time outside, we are more aware of what we see, what we hear, what we smell and what we feel thus, enhancing our senses…
📌 A study of cognitive benefits of nature concluded that the people walking in a natural environment had a better memory than that of those in urban areas (Berman, Jonides, Kaplan, 2008).
📌 Research has shown that people who practice forest bathing have optimum nervous system functions, well-balanced heart conditions and reduced bowel disorders.
📌 Engaging oneself in outdoor areas reduces eyesight disorders such as hypermetropia and myopia…
📌 The greenery around gives freshness and calmness.
📌 Even many of the hospitals treat patients in a natural environment for better recovery rates.
📌 When the chemically prepared medicines have failed to treat a disease, Indian Ayurveda system has discovered the cure to many ailments, which is totally based on natural products and meditation.
Lastly, I would like to say that nature has a lot to give, we should learn to conserve.