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Nature's Cry: Reflecting on the Loss and Urgent Need for Conservation

In my fuzzy childhood memories lies pictures painted with blossoming flowers and verdant landscape. My brother would be sprinting through the woods, playing hide and seek with me, all while indulging in the beauty of nature. We would occasionally encounter animals, and they would look at us as if they understood what my brother and I were chuckling about. After playing around, we would lay down and wallow on a pile of leaves, gazing into the sky while the flocks of birds flew by. Just a few years later, this scene can’t be replicated anymore. The evergreen forest that used to dominate the area has vanished, replaced by infrastructure that repels Mother Nature. 


My grandparents used to tell me stories about the old days of where they lived. It was a village with lots of shacks. They could watch the sun rise as no buildings were in the way, and the only sound was the morning crow of a chicken. Animals would growl when they walked down the street, as if they were talking to them. All of these seemed to be a fever dream. Just 50 years later, the whole village has been replaced with giant skyscrapers, with vociferous honking noises of cars swirling pedestrians’ ears. Sometimes, the air is filled with white fumes, yet citizens seem to have gotten used to them, as they have more things to consider in their hectic lives. Do people simply like modernization more, or have they forgotten what nature feels like?


Nature is sobbing, yet only few can hear it. Humans have been living in a modern metropolis for too long, forgetting the feeling of a leaf dropping onto their heads, forgetting the melody of birdsong, forgetting the euphoric sensation of nature. The contrast is even more striking when we look at the 17 sustainable goals which The United Nations published. The United Nations published, in 2015, a list of sustainable goals, in hopes of achieving them in 2030. One of which is goal 15, aiming to conserve terrestrial life and manage forests. But this goal seems to be going further away day by day. The viridescent land is disappearing, and being replaced with infrastructures built for humans. But prior to human invasion, these beautiful lands were home to millions of wildlife. This appears to be synonymous with goal 14, as millions of tons of plastic are being dispensed into the sea yearly, and the numbers are soaring. In fact, there is approximately 300 thousand tons of plastic waste present on the aquamarine ocean, causing it to lose its color. 


Problems require solutions, solutions require actions. Nature is crying for help and we should help. If we continue with such cruelty and inhumane practices, nature will soon have their revenge. The temperature will get hotter, the storms will get stronger, and our beloved home will be destroyed, just like what we did to nature. Thus, we have to act quick. From an individual standpoint, we could volunteer for activities that help mother nature, such as picking up trash from the shore or planting saplings in a desolate wasteland. The effectiveness from an individual is little, and hence we need the help of everyone. With everyone in action, our planet will look greater than before.  


I always envisage a bright future for Mother Earth. Everywhere I go, I could see the flocks of birds flying through skyscrapers, I could see butterflies hovering around the cities, I could lay down on a pile of leaves and gape at the sky, as if I had just finished playing with my brother when I was a child. Wonders aren’t created overnight, and therefore we have to work unitedly for nature to regenerate back to how majestic it originally was. If everyone is aware of the ongoing conundrums of nature, we can definitely witness the revival of the euphoria of mother nature.

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