Life in the 22nd Century

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I pondered a lot over what my first blog should be about. As a nature lover, there is so much I want to say about the environment, the animals and the beautiful nature that surround us. But where to begin?

And suddenly, it clicked! To understand why there is so much focus on the environment, we should first consider what the world could look like in 100 years without it. I, for one, was very keen to discover what the future had in store. And I found the answers in the documentary “ David Attenborough: A life on Our Planet”. If you have not had the chance to catch it yet, I would highly encourage you to. You will not be disappointed! The film displays vivid images of wildlife from Year 1937 till now, coupled with Sir David’s predictions for the next 100 years. The viewers are embarked on the colourful journey that the globetrotter lived and his experience with the natural world.

However, the most captivating part of the documentary is how close the world is to an environmental catastrophe. Life, as we know it now, could be completely different in the next 100 years, should we choose to pursue the current unsustainable lifestyle. In a poignant speech, Sir David explains why rebuilding the natural world is primordial. I can certainly echo the need to care for our planet more actively. Could you envision living in a world where the only animals left are the ones we feed on? Or where forests and clean air are non-existent? It is scary to contemplate that the world is closer to this scenario than we have ever anticipated. With evolution being at the forefront of this century, the environment has taken a back seat. The consequences of neglecting nature can now be felt. And the impact will only intensify if the situation remains unchanged. The earth has already lost so many species of flora and fauna. Our ecosystem is, now more than ever, imbalanced. Human activity, unchecked, has destroyed Earth’s prized possessions. And though it may seem distinct, human survival is dependent on the health of the environment. The more nature thrives, so do we. And the contrary? We are already experiencing the consequences of a neglected environment. Therefore, I am sure you will agree when I say that the future will look even more bleak if nature continues to wither.

BUT fear not, as it is not all doom and gloom. The good news, you ask? The fate of our future is not sealed, yet. It is still possible to restore stability on our planet, but time is of the essence. The urgency has been raised by many, including the UN through a set of sustainable development goals aimed at addressing, among others, environmental issues such as Goal 13- Climate Action; Goal 14- Life below Water; Goal 15- Life On Land. By achieving the benchmarks set, we will be closer to a cleaner and healthier environment.

I recently read this beautiful American Indian proverb that was quoted by UNESCO, and it goes like this: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”. I find it thought-provoking because it makes me wonder what kind of world we are leaving
behind. The future that we give to the generations to come is dependent on the choices we make today.

So, are we making the right ones?

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