through Dr Junaid Jazib
Shining the earth and its living atmosphere, a plant goes from seed to canopy so silently and peacefully that no one can notice its growth with the naked eye. An aggregation of trees means shade, shelter and improved climate. Trees bind the atmosphere, earth, and hydrosphere together into a single complex that forms the support system for life on the blue planet.
Peace is the essence of the universe. It implies a state of order, integrity and harmony. Every constituent of the physical world, from an electron to the ever-expanding galaxies, exists and functions in a subordinate fashion to maintain peace and, therefore, harmony and stability in the cosmos. Peace binds the components together in a systematized whole. It is the ecological balance that represents this universal peace on earth. The ecological health of the planet indicates the degree of peace that its biophysical systems are capable of maintaining.
For humanity to survive and progress, peace is simply essential. Humans not only need to be at peace with the outside natural world, but also need to establish harmony and friendship between them.
Contemporary human society, however, lacks nothing but peace and unanimity. In fact, it is conflicts, violence and wars that characterize humanity today.
Ecological damage, more often than not, is the basis of disputes and controversies that threaten world peace. Chaos in the natural world can only be reflected in the human world and vice versa. Environmental crises of various kinds resonate in human society in the form of controversies, conflicts and even wars. Conflicting claims on natural resources (such as land, water, mineral, floral, wildlife, etc.), economic disparities, poverty, smuggling, unemployment, inequalities, human suffering, pollution, climate change-related migration, trade, pollution, and mental health issues, The factors behind the bickering consume nothing less than world peace.
Seemingly socio-political in origin, most regional, national or transnational controversies are rooted in environmental degradation. Political discussions ignoring the environmental links to problems cannot offer lasting solutions to these problems. They deserve sincere attention, essentially involving the requisite ecological wisdom and the necessary environmental corrections to obtain just and appropriate solutions, which can contribute substantially to world peace.
The environmental perspective seeks to prepare humans for global citizenship, of course, without altering or discrediting national identities. Employing ecological wisdom in dealing with human conflict essentially involves and offers viable and viable options that certainly help to resolve the existing problem and save the earth from unseen environmental risks. A serene and healthy environment is nothing other than the assurance of a peaceful human society.
To plant trees
Tackling an environmental problem is, in itself, a step towards peacebuilding. Tree planting, for example, offers a panacea to a multitude of human suffering and conflict endangering peace. A tree symbolizes life, peace, progress, energy and sustainability. Shining the earth and its living atmosphere, a plant goes from seed to canopy so silently and peacefully that no one can notice its growth with the naked eye. An aggregation of trees means shade, shelter and improved climate. Trees bind the atmosphere, earth, and hydrosphere together into a single complex that forms the support system for life on the blue planet.
Being the central role in the ecosphere, trees harvest solar energy making it available to all other life forms on earth. It provides oxygen and reduces carbon dioxide. Life revolves around trees. Human civilization has flourished and flourished among the trees. Food, shelter, clothing, medicine, firewood, timber, recreation, luxury, industry, etc. are unimaginable without trees.
Trees help purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat for over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. They absorb pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, ozone, carbon monoxide, dust and smoke, especially in an urban environment. Acting as important carbon sinks, trees offset the effects of climate change. Thanks to their crucial role in the hydrological cycle, trees improve soil productivity and reduce the intensity and frequency of droughts and floods. Forests provide jobs for over 1.6 billion people and are home to millions more. Herbs are the key ingredients in over 25% of all medicines. Much of the human population derives its subsistence from forests in the form of food or employment.
Why are trees essential?
A landscape rich in floral grandeur refreshes the eyes and troubled minds. Those who have contracted negativity, hopelessness and anxiety find a remedy for themselves by spending time among the trees. Studies confirm that hospital patients whose rooms overlook the trees recover faster than others without such a convenience.
Trees provide us with our material demands, spiritual fulfillment, psychological stability, wisdom and inspiration – all of which are a prerequisite for healthy living. The physical and mental health of individuals, obviously linked in a complex way to plants and forests, is fundamental to a peaceful social atmosphere. By playing a central role in reducing poverty, bringing social justice and eliminating economic disparities, help create a friendly social atmosphere.
Trees on the face of the earth are synonymous with oxygen, energy, water, purity, stability, employment, health, peace and life. The absence or scarcity of trees means disorder, pollution, disease, drought, instability and death. The role plants play in the ecosphere is phenomenal in building and sustaining a peaceful human society. Peace on earth deprived of its green blanket is unimaginable.
Peace, in its ecological and socio-cultural descriptions, is crucial for humanity to arise and keep the earth habitable. Although peace is intrinsic to the biophysical systems of the planet, it is seriously threatened at present due to undue human interference in nature. Peace is also lacking in human society. Disturbances in the natural world have a profound and direct impact on humanity. The most effective approach humanity must take to achieve world peace is to allow nature to restore its peace.
(The author heads the Department of Environmental Sciences at Government Post-Graduate College, Rajouri. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Kashmir Life. )