Every living being on this earth has the same right to live on this earth. But what we see today is that the number of plants and especially birds is decreasing by the day. Whenever I look outside, birds like swallows, Ababil, Bulbul, etc, are hardly to be seen. If we go just a few years back, there were a huge number of birds to be seen in the morning, when one could hear the melodious calls of birds and wake up to their chirping. But today nobody cares that these sounds have vanished; everyone is so busy in their life that they think this world only belongs to them.
One common assumption is that due to too many mobile towers, the number of birds is decreasing. This, however, is only an excuse to not take responsibility for what is happening. Change is a natural process and development is necessary, but we have to develop ourselves and our environment with care for other living beings. If yesterday we had a kaccha house with thatched roof, and today we have a pakka house of concrete with all facilities, for this development we need not destroy the homes of other creatures. I am not against development but we have also look at alternatives if someone is getting affected with this development. We are making concrete and comfortable houses for ourselves but what about the birds which are losing their nests when we cut down trees. Also, when we dismantled our kaccha houses, the birds that were living in the thatched roof also became homeless. Then we have need of industries, so we cut down forests, and again their habitat is destroyed. As I said, there are alternatives or solutions to such problems. If we cut down trees, then we should plant others. If we are making concrete houses, let us also make small nets on the roof where birds can build their nests.
Just like we humans, plants, animals and birds are also part of this world and the ecosystem would only exist till there is balance among us all. In short, if we have to live on this earth, let’s not be selfish; let us not destroy the habitats of others to build our own.
—The writer has a PG degree in Political Science from Central University of Kashmir. [email protected]