Habitat is an ecological or environmental area that is inhabited by a particular species of animal, plant, or other type of organism.It is the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the physical environment that surrounds (influences and is utilized by) a species population.
While the intent of United Cities and Local Governments (ULGC) in noble, as with every United Nation linked program; support for propagation of its ideas must be intensified. It must begin with advocating the ills of present form of unsustainable Urban living to what must be the ideal. And for that it must showcase the ills of the present, while bring out the solutions to fore which can be easily understood and adopted by even the most disinterested citizen of that city.
When we achieve that. The original Habitat ( Gaia –read Earth ) may just give us the one last chance, we so desperately need; to continue leaving our footprints in the sand of time for a little while more.
That we are destroying the habitat, is understood by some. Heard by many and being acted upon by a very dedicated few. However to make this into a mass movement we need to conclusively and continuously prove how our present habitat & life-style is destroying us. Each link tells us a story. What is needed is that the story be read not only by those who already know. But forced upon those who don’t care to.
Mumbaikars are stressed out.– these are news headlines which hit the Newspapers of the city of Mumbai with a monotonous regularity.
Mumbai or the city of Bombay as it was called by the British is indeed a “maya nagari”. Maya in the Hindi language means illusion.
Just as the birth of this city, which seems solid but is just a land-fill between seven shallow islands surrounded by the Arabian sea. So is the lives of those who live here. For the outside world it is all pomp and show of Bollywood (Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India.) but those living mostly sweat it out like a Slumdog; while dreaming of becoming a millionaire.
Notice any residential project advertisement in any media in Mumbai. And one would never fail to find picturesque images surrounding the proposed project in all sides. Even if the project is situated in the heart of the city of Mumbai !
In the quest of living around scenic countryside we keep building on top of the same ground which attracted us with its pristine untouched beauty.
There is a saying – “you can’t eat a cake and keep it too.”To live alongside nature one must respect what is natural. Be one with Nature.
Because a healthy Habitat can not be built of carcass of the dead. By destroying an ecosystem, the indigenous flora & fauna, to expect Gaia to cheer for our well-being is a misplaced thought.
The end result is and always will be Maya – the illusion !
- Ordinary Beasts and Their Disappearing Habitat, (not) by JK Rowling (blueandgreentomorrow.com)
- Irreplaceable means just that… (alvecotewood.wordpress.com)
- Sustainable building: Dow, U-M, Habitat for Humanity partner to renovate homes (mlive.com)