Environmental Pollution: Would mere celebration of ‘World Environment Day’ help ?
Environmental Pollution: Would mere celebration of ‘World Environment Day’ help?
The World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June. Cutting of plants, trees in forests and increased industrialization has become disastrous; side effects of which are no less than floods, famines, and the top of it is ‘global warming’.
In India, Environmental law is governed by the Environment Protection Act, 1986, which is enforced by the Central Pollution Control Board and the numerous State Pollution Control Boards. Apart from this, there are specific legislations enacted for the protection of Water, Air, Wildlife, etc.
- The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974;
- The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977;
- The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980;
- The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981;
- The Biological Diversity Act, 2002
- The Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.
- The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980;
- The Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991
The National Green Tribunal established under the National Green Tribunal Act of 2010 has jurisdiction of overall environmental cases that deal with environmental issues.
The acts covered under Indian Wild Life Protection Act 1972 do not fall within the jurisdiction of the National Green Tribunal. Appeals and PIL can be filed in the Hon’ble high courts and Supreme Court of India.
Well, before we discuss the laws, just think – aren’t we directly or indirectly responsible for pollution? It begins with the bells ringing in the temples early morning (by the people visiting the shrines through their vehicles) or with the garbage burnt by the public sweeper. Keeping and using personal conveyance has increased chances of pollution multifold. Also, when it comes to causes of pollution, so called “religious” people are no less either. The holy ashes of incense sticks and their packages with the spiritual or deities’ pictures wrapped with plastics are thrown in beautiful rivers in order to be escaped from hell. The disrespect that the deities are shown by such people ultimately ends with a curse of administration not bothering about cleaning the rivers and the environment.
Let us discuss the types of pollution:-
|Type of Pollution||Particular contaminant|
|Air Pollution||The release of chemicals and common gaseous pollutants:-
|Light Pollution||Includes l
|Littering:||The criminal throwing of inappropriate man-made objects (that remain un-removed) onto public and private properties.|
|Soil contamination||Chemicals released by spill or underground leakage.
The most significant amongst soil contaminants are:-
|Radioactive contamination||Activities in atomic physics, such as
|Thermal pollution||The temperature change in natural water bodies caused by human influence, such as use of water as coolant in a power plant.|
|Visual pollution||This can refer to the presence of,
|Plastic pollution||Involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, or humans.|
|Water Pollution||Caused by the factors such as:
discharge of wastewater from commercial and industrial waste (intentionally or through spills) into surface waters;
MC Mehta Vs Union of India (SC 1948)
The Hon’ble Supreme Court admitted that excessive pollution occurs due to vehicles in Delhi, which is violation of ‘right to live’ therefore CNG was made compulsory for public transportation means.
In another case the court is of the opinion that due to noise pollution Article 21(right to life) is violated.
Though our legislature has introduced amendments in the Constitution of India by inserting two Articles 48(A) and 51(A) yet our accountability to curb the pollution is still pending.
48 (A):-Protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wild life. The State shall endeavor to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wild life of the country.
51(A)(g):- It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures.
Feasible solution to Environmental Pollution: The only pragmatic thing that can be done is- to grow plants. Great admirer of Mother Nature H.H. Asahramji Bapu (hereinafter referred to as ‘Bapuji’) says that 1.5k food and 2-3 liters of water is consumed every day by an individual and 21,600 breaths are taken and the air when inhaled & exhaled gives us strength at par with that of the food. Polluted air deteriorates health. Administration has done a lot by growing plants and trees but unfortunately these trees are eucalyptus and acacia, absolutely harmful for our health. Instead of protecting the environment, such trees make the land unproductive for around 12 years and reduce level of vital energy in humans. Moreover, the birds never make nests on such trees and the animals do not make holes in the roots of such trees.
Eminent Environmentalists must know and spread awareness in this regard that instead of growing eucalyptus and acacia, trees like Peepal, Neem (Margosa) Tulsi (Basil) and Amla (Gooseberry) trees ought to be grown, which play significant role in environment protection. (Please read upcoming edition of monthly spiritual magazine – ‘Rishi Prasad’ to know about the positive impacts of the said trees)
Pursuant to Bapuji’s directions, children of Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukul (Chhindwara) have grown, in-fact have been constantly growing plants in tribal forest regions. Thousands of trees were grown in hilly areas by Bapuji’s disciples.
Even Bapuji (unjustly incarcerated in Jodhpur cell ) and His son Narayan Sai (unjustly incarcerated in Surat cell) have grown many plants in the respective jail premises and look after those; on top, the seeds of these plants were made available to the public for creating awareness for environment protection.
Environment protection campaigns are run by all ashrams, sewa samitis, Bal Sanskar Kendra’s children, Mahila Utthan Mandals, Yuva Sewa Sangh every year under the aegis of Bapuji. Starting last year, the day of 25th December is being observed and celebrated as Tulsi Poojan Diwas (Basil Plant Worship Day) in order get rid of the side-effects of Christmas tree. Refer Link
We probably tackle the above-mentioned type of pollution by using proper safety measures, but there is another form of pollution called “mental pollution”, which is done by creating rumors about Indian saints one after the another by paid media with the help of conspirators. And any such allegations are no doubt fake and baseless. For details, refer link:
We pray to god that we all get rid of all sorts of pollution, be it physical, mental or emotional; especially ‘mental pollution’, which may prove to be more fatal for humanity and celebrate the World Environment Day by following the remedies suggested by the spiritual saint- Bapuji (in public interest) and thus growing holy plants & trees of spiritual significance.