We live in really troubled times despite our guise that life is smooth sailing. We may enjoy plenty of modern conveniences but many aspects of our life are failing. Mother Earth is hurting and we only have ourselves to blame. The planet is overcrowded. Hence, there are more mouths to feed and more people who will require the use of the various resources naturally found on this planet. To say that the world is on the verge of collapse is an understatement yet most of us will just easily shrug this statement off, all the while making yourself believe that this is but a lie.
How mistaken we all are, though. We only have one earth to live and if we don’t act now and save whatever is left of the planet, we might lose our only home in the entire universe. Global warming and climate change are realities of our time and we feel their power whenever there are natural calamities that hit random places throughout the web throughout the year. Are we really willing to endure more just so we can stay comfortable at home when we might lose everything we have now in the next few years or so?
Singapore’s conservation efforts received the stamp of approval from top primate expert Jane Goodall, who said these are steps in the right direction.
But despite the rising awareness of environmental issues in the country, more can be done to reduce the conflict between humans and animals, she added.
For instance, she said people must stop feeding the long-tailed macaques that are found in many parts of the island. Doing so introduces them to human food, and drives them to harass humans and enter their homes in search of food.
Dr Goodall said if people left them alone for two or three years, and no one was feeding them, young monkeys would stop associating humans with food.
Let us applaud nations like Singapore that take environmental conservation seriously. Conserving the environment is not an easy task considering you need to enforce discipline to discourage everyone from doing anything bad against the environment and the animals living in the wild and you also need money to enforce the law and provide all the support such an initiative will ever need. This is especially more challenging to do in struggling third-world countries where the government is not even capable of providing even the most basic of needs of the people what more to protect the environment that is being exploited by its desperate and hungry citizens that only think about themselves.
Over the past two decades, architects and engineers have developed approaches to building design that greatly reduce the impact of buildings on the natural environment (“green” buildings) and their human occupants (“healthy” buildings). But these movements focus primarily on new buildings, which benefit only a relatively small number of people compared with the many who could be helped by making existing structures more habitable. Moreover, most people — including many of those responsible for ordering the construction and remodeling of buildings — are not aware of these advances. Many key features of green buildings — such as energy and water conservation, for example — are not immediately noticeable, and as a result, these simple but important practices are significantly underused.
Not only are environmental conservation efforts solely focused on the wild but making lifestyle modifications that are more eco-friendly makes as much impact on the planet. Sustainability is a hot topic right now among land builders and developers because we can’t stop progress from happening but we can reduce the damage humans do at the expense of Mother Nature. We can still pursue our modern interests without compromising the environment. That’s what sustainable living is all about. We still have a shot in protecting the earth before everything is too late. With our concerted green efforts, we may be able to slow down climate change and pass on a healthy and livable planet to the next generation.