Why We Should Take Care of Our Environment

by Enock Kitheka

It is critical to protect the environment so as to reduce the destruction of ecosystems caused by a myriad of anthropogenic activities. It is more of a moral obligation for humans to protect the environment from pollution and other activities that lead to environmental degradation. Importantly, environmental degradation is detrimental since it threatens the long-term health of animals, humans and plants.

Air and water pollution, global warming, smog, acid rain, deforestation, and wildfires are just a few of the environmental issues that we are facing right now. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of the environment to make this planet a wonderful place to live. One does not need to put a lot of money to go green but simple changes in daily lifestyle are all that are required to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment.

Here are some reasons why humankind should save the environment or at least be environmentally conscious.

  1. The environment helps in protecting the ecosystem:
    Changes affecting the ecosystem put multiple species in danger of extinction necessitating the need of protecting the environment. Ecosystems are deeply connected to one another.
  2. Protecting the environment protects humanity:
    Pollution is one of the most hazardous factors affecting the environment. It affects the quality of food leading to the ingestion of toxic substances.
  3. Humans have a moral obligation to preserve nature and its features:
    Humans are responsible for taking care of the environment. Protecting the environment would be an act of fulfilling their compulsions.
  4. Biodiversity is a significant part of life in the world:
    Biodiversity not only consists of the animals living on earth but also the forests, grasslands and tundra, which are significant features in maintaining the life-cycle of the eco-system.
  5. Forests provide raw materials for various consumer products:
    Forests are a significant part of the environment, which helps in providing various raw materials such as food, rubber, timber and essential oils. Forest management means the availability and sustainable use of these natural resources.
  6. Forests provide habitats for a variety of species:
    Almost half of the species live in forests thus destroying the forests would lead to the destruction of the ecosystem at large.
  7. The way in which a person protects the environment reflects their personality:
    Just as the way you treat other people reflects your personality, the way you treat the environment reflects who you actually are. A good person will treat the environment responsibly. So treat the environment well and prove that you indeed have a good personality.
  8. It is a way to give to your generation:
    One will be happier in life if one focuses on giving rather than receiving. Treating the environment well is one way to give to the others in your generation. By treating the environment well, you make the planet a better place to live for everyone. You help yourself and others to have a higher quality of life.
  9. It is a way to give to the future generations:
    Not only does protecting the environment benefit people in the current generation, but it will also benefit people in many generations to come. This planet is our legacy to future generations.

So basically, protecting the environment should be as important as the protection of our own life. Primarily, we all should be aware of the term environment. All living things survive within their own favourable zones of the environment – thus the environment is not something that can be neglected easily without caring for it. Indeed, the Lord hath created flexibility in the environment for all of the organisms existing on Earth. Although the environment can continue to survive in its natural state, human intervention has caused extensive destruction in many ecosystems. It is very important for us to protect our environment so that we can continue to live on this planet – in a healthy and safe atmosphere

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