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Res 2 - Global Environment.....FINAL

Res 2 - Global Environment.....FINAL

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Resolution – 2
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CRISIS AND BHARATIYA VIEW
The seamless rhythm of nature unwinding over millennia is suddenly being disturbedduring the last few decades. The Akhil Bharaiya Karyakari Mandal expresses its deepconcern over the serious global environmental crisis as evident from increasing water scarcity, air pollution, continuous erosion of forests and bio-diversity which is theoutcome of growing worldwide consumerism and unrestrained consumption of naturalresources.This imbalance in the nature’s cycle is the direct result of the western individualisticworldview based on tenets like ‘struggle for existence’ and ‘exploitation of nature’. It isthis worldview that has resulted in developed countries with only 16% of world population emitting more than half of total Carbon Dioxide emissions. With a mere4% of world population the USA alone is responsible for 25% of CO
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emissions. Theresultant rise in global temperature is expected to be anywhere between 2.5º F – 10º F inthe twenty first century as against 0.7º F to 1.4º F in the twentieth century. Destruction of  bio-diversity, depletion of ozone layer, increasing epidemics and melting of polar icewhich may lead to the rise in sea levels from 0.2 – 1.5 meters inundating large chunks of land areas are some of the serious threats on the horizon as a result of this globalwarming.In our country too, the same flawed lifestyle is leading to imbalance in the nature’s cycle.Today, the forest cover in Bharat is about 20% in place of mandated 33%. 80% of thediseases in Bharat are the direct outcome of polluted drinking water and lack of hygiene because over 75% of the population is forced to use polluted drinking water. Every year,half of the districts in the country are affected either by drought or floods. Continuallydepleting groundwater levels, increasing temperatures in summer, thousands of acres of agriculture land becoming saline and toxic due to uncontrolled use of chemical fertilizersand pesticides are some of the warning signals. No ebb is in sight to the diseases caused by unabated air pollution, sound pollution and water pollution due to industries in Metrocities and the menace of growing hazardous waste generated from thermocoal and plastic because of the 'Use and throw ' culture.
 
The present worldview is at the root of this global environmental crisis. Unless thereductionist and mechanistic worldview is negated, no solution will be in sight. Lifestyle based on 'Tena Tyaktena Bhunjeethah' (restrained consumption) coupled with a holisticand integral worldview is the necessity of the day. The ABKM is of the consideredopinion that the Hindu worldview of integrated approach to humans, ecology and livingcreatures, gratitude towards ‘Panchamahabhootas’ (five universal elements viz Earth,Water, Fire, Air and Space), belief in the concept of ‘Mother Earth’ and conservation of Water-Soil-Forests and the wildlife is crucial for a balanced ecology and nature. Thisworldview is being accepted globally also.The ABKM is of the opinion that a positive initiative from policy makers and the societyis essential for this. Articles 48A and 51A of our Constitution mandate both the citizensand State to protect environment, water sources and wildlife as their duty. In this context,it is pertinent to note that obstructing the flow of a river – a major source of water – severely endangers the environment.Customs like worshipping of rivers and trees in our tradition are the manifestation of our holistic worldview. Martyrdom of Imartidevi along with 363 people to oppose cutting of trees in Rajasthan about 370 years back is its living testimony. Efforts foenvironmental protection like the Chipko movement of independent Bharat and present‘Vruksha – Laksha’ movement in Karnataka are worthy of emulation.The ABKM appeals to the central and state governments to1)take appropriate measures for preservation and development of water resources inthe country2)conserve soil by the restoration of natural and organic farming through the use of organic manure3)make special plans for preservation of ecology of Himalayas and other mountainranges4)develop various alternative energy sources5)take stringent measures against industries polluting water and air and take steps to put an end to the pollution in all the rivers like Ganga and Yamuna6)to ensure continuous flow of river Ganga while implementing any project.Appropriate policy based on community participation should be adopted in all suchissues related to environment and development keeping in mind our social andcultural values. So also no unjust and inappropriate international treaty on such issuesshould be accepted.The ABKM appeals to all the citizens including swayamsevaks that instead of dependingon the government alone they should voluntarily initiate measures for water conservation,minimal use of plastic and electricity, afforestation etc. Care should be taken to ensurethat no pollution or ecological imbalance is caused due to our customs. Let us contributein this awareness campaign through our own example and collaborating with various

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