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The Nature Within

Under humanity’s stewardship, we have fortuitously unearthed the concept of sustainable development on this naturally beautiful planet. This concept presents a future vision where prosperity and growth harmoniously coexist with preserving our irreplaceable natural environment. As a global community, this vision inspires us to take an intrepid step forward and commit to a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These objectives are resolute commitment by nations across the globe as a testament to our collective responsibility towards Mother Earth, an obligation that we all must bear as stewards of this planet. Everyone

contributes according to their ability and ingenuity with a grand plan to rise to this challenge.


For instance, local high school students can contribute by devising plans to diminish their school’s carbon footprint by implementing a recycling program, actively seeking to reduce unnecessary energy and water use, participating in community cleanup projects and improving sustainability awareness through this writing contest. While these efforts might appear minor, according to the DSEC, with 30 274 high school students, they constitute a substantial step towards achieving the SDGs and aiding nature.


In fact, the connection between humans and nature sometimes goes unnoticed, yet it is surprisingly profound and essential to our well-being. For instance, consider the natural microbes residing in our gut. Each microscopic organism, though often small and overlooked, with its sheer numbers, plays a crucial role in our health and well-being. They aid digestion, contribute to our immune system, and even affect our mood.


These microbes are a part of nature that lives within us, forming a complex ecosystem known as the gut microbiome. What’s fascinating is that our environment and lifestyle can significantly influence this internal ecosystem. Our actions, such as diet, stress, sleep, and yes, even the way we pollute, can affect the diversity and balance of our gut bacteria. Similarly, we can think of ourselves as microbes to the world, where our actions affect the nature of the world.


These actions initiated from within our minds change the surroundings within and outside the boundary of our body, including all the “outside” space to which we occupy and connect. Interestingly, all this outside-ness, in return, affects the same body and mind, creating inescapable indivisible symbiosis. Keep in mind that this whole back and forth, the mind, is the thing that can alter the trajectory, the detriments and the benefits of this symbiosis. It is the human mind which keeps everything in balance.


In striving for this balance, preserving nature is a paramount concern. Our survival and prosperity are deeply intertwined with the health of our natural environment. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat – all are gifts from nature that sustain us. Yet, our actions often neglect this crucial connection, leading to environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity.


The SDGs implore us to acknowledge and rectify this oversight. They urge us to incorporate environmental considerations into our decisions and actions, ensuring that our pursuit of progress does not come at the expense of our natural environment. Doing so can create a world where humans live harmoniously with nature, fostering a sustainable and resilient future for all.


In conclusion, the journey towards sustainable development is a shared responsibility that demands the active participation of all sectors of society. Each of us has a role to play, and every action, no matter how small, can make a difference. As we strive to achieve the SDGs, let us remember to do so with a profound respect for nature, acknowledging and cherishing our enduring symbiosis with the natural world. Together, we can create a future that is not only sustainable but also just, inclusive, and prosperous for all.


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