It is our turn to lead

By Ifeyinwa Ugo-Amadi 

 Earth, the third planet from the sun is the densest of all the nine planets. It is also the only planet that supports life due to its resources and habitable atmosphere. Resources abound in the various ecosystems: from biotic resources such as animals, forests and microorganisms to abiotic resources such as solar radiations, air, water and heavy metals. Activities of some living organisms help some others to thrive and presence of the non-living resources is beneficial for the living. They also provide food, shelter, employment and support sustainable development. Some of these resources replenish themselves naturally to recreate an environment suitable for life.
It deems fit to maintain these natural assets so as to preserve the lives which the earth supports. Unfortunately, the numerous activities of man are not appreciable to the earth in which he lives and makes his rest place. These activities have not just resulted in the depletion of the earth’s resources but damage to the earth itself. Such activities have resulted in the depletion of the ozone layer which was meant to protect man from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun, deforestation, air pollution, water pollution to mention but a few.
 Man’s misuse of his environment has contributed to varied degrees of diseases, climatic change, drought and floods. These can be curbed by growing more trees to reduce effects of green house gases that promote ozone layer depletion, recycling of waste water and plastics, use of renewable energy, good and effective waste disposal techniques.
In the use of the earth’s resources, boundaries should be well defined. This involves public enlightenment on the right to access these resources, compliance to the rules protecting the resources and enforcement of sanctions on violators of such rules.
The natural asset of the earth needs to be saved from this deterioration. We all have a role to play in all of it because it is our turn to lead.


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