Archive | August, 2014

God and Green

25 Aug

     God made a place where His love can be seen, and this is the earth. I can only imagine how the earth is kept revolving perfectly around the sun all these years and how it never clashes with the other planets. God made this for us. His love abounds and this can be seen by how everyday, we are made to breathe and wake up to a new day. There are places like the Himalayas where the nature is totally preserved but with the lifestyle that humans tend to adapt over the years, it has made the environment lose its beauty and wildlife. In this blog, we can see how we can get back on track and how our spirituality and inner being is directly related as to how we perceive and take care the greens and blues of the earth.

     The Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) is a dynamic landscape with a rich and remarkable biodiversity. Stretched over an area of more than four million square kilometers, the HKH region is endowed with a rich variety of gene pools and species, and ecosystems of global importance. The region, with its varied landscapes and soil formation, and variety of vegetation types and climatic conditions, is well known for its unique flora and fauna, and has a high level of endemism and numerous critical eco-regions of global importance. But, with the rapid increase of climate change, physical manifestations of it will include broad, heretofore-unknown temperature increases (with decreases in some places), shifts in ecosystems, and increased frequency and duration of extreme events.

   This gives us an idea what is there to see at the Himalayas, which is a fountain of biodiversity. With its rich and unique fauna and flora, it is home to a lot of unique species. But, at the latter statement it includes the effects of the climate change to the said mountain, which is an overview of how a lot of mountains will look like if we do not start to change the way we live. This is just one of the many mountains and forests that we have which may soon decay if humanity would only help lessen the rapidity of the climate change. As what Al Gohr always say, what we are experiencing is only a global warning and may soon turn into global warming if the people continue to consume more of non-renewable resources and do not make something about replacing them.

     This problem we are facing about the environment is rooted in a spiritual crisis. The outer is a reflection of the inner. Thus, uprooting the environmental crisis requires alleviating the spiritual ailments of modern humanity. This perspective is from our Islamic brothers and sisters and it seems to be that regardless of the differences that Christians have with the belief of Islamism’s, they have a few good similarities and this is one of them.

     Simply put, the environmental crisis is an outward reflection of the inward crisis of modern day humanity. It is not just the environment itself that is in crisis, but humanity as well. In fact, humans’ own inward disharmony serves as a causal force for the disharmony prevalent in their surroundings. Humans’ lack of self-discipline and morals—such as in excessive consumption and a lack of compassion—has translated onto their environment and into the crisis apparent today. The root of humanity’s disharmony with nature is therefore the disharmony within humans’ own selves. More specifically, this inward crisis is a spiritual one. The lack of spirituality

     Personally, Islamic’s perspective about the environmental problem of the humanity makes me believe that the root cause of all these is really the humanity themselves. While the humans tend to have an option to not worship God, the nature does not have the advantage to do so and given this situation, we have a role as the stewards of the environment to take care of the environment. And having that love and compassion to take care of the environment all boils down to how you perceive love itself. And it says in the article ‘In order to understand how to best travel on the route of love, humanity can best turn for guidance to the Loving. A turn to God, regardless of the sacred tradition taken by each individual, is necessary for lasting inner peace. Humanity’s solution to the environmental crisis depends on a solution to its own spiritual crisis, which, for each individual, depends on his or her relationship with God.

 

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Aging Earth: How can it slow down?

21 Aug

    The world is not the same 30 years ago. With that little time, it has evolved into a less conducive world to live in. Why? because it’s sustainability is rapidly decreasing and people are indifferent when it comes to this matter. It’s like when all the trees are cut down, when all the animals are dead, when all the water are poisoned, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will people discover that we cannot eat money and how much time do we have left if we wait for a miracle for the world to sustain itself. We need to start now and factors like environmental awareness, sustainable development, religion, human health, and development may help in some ways. This blog is about how we 21st century people can stop the aging of the earth.

     In the past, the world’s ecosystems were able to absorb the ecological damage resulting from extensive industrialization and development. However, with the rapid increases in global population and industrialization, as well as enhanced demands on natural resources such as fresh water supplies, the earth is no longer able to sustain a healthy and balanced ecosystem. This very statement is the root cause why it is vital to study environmental management. As future HR Practitioners, working hard for our future companies is not the trend anymore. But, with the environmental crisis, we should also consider how to work with the company and at the same time consider the stakeholders, AND the environment. This has led me to a conclusion wherein we need not just to feed our selfish and hungry nature but also, we need to know and continuously study how to sustain our resources.

     By this, sustainable development is now considered by many organizations and their stakeholders as being the model to follow. A coordinated approach is required to solve environmental problems. There is therefore a need to have a better understanding of the multidisciplinary interrelationships between sustainable development, human health and the environment. Specific emphasis was placed on globalization and sustainable growth, bioethics and poverty, organizational performance and sustainability, environmental management and individual progress, human and ecosystem health, and water resources and recycling. These subtopics are what the author of the article considered as the vital points to study because understanding the topics may lead to a harmonious relationship among industrialization, environment and human health. As what I have said, having a sustainable development means having harmony among the three.

     Another question caught my eye in the article that I have read – “Making Peace With The Environment” it states there that “The world is precariously situated; if we are not at war against nature, at least a deep-seated ecological violence prevails.” deep. seated. ecological. violence. These 4 words describe what is happening to the environment. Despite some revolutions and activities to eradicate environmental violence, it is just that hard to run it because face it, resources are there to be used as ‘RESOURCES’. But the right question there is, “how much is enough?” and personally, calling myself a “semi-growing” environmentalist, I could say that my religion brought a lot of things to me being one. We are taught to be stewards of the environment.
     In the book of Genesis, while the Lord said ‘it is good’ after 6 days of making the world, on the 7th after making the man He said, “‘Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on earth…’ God looked at what He have done and all of it was very good”
     Religion—which is a complex of beliefs, practices, symbols, values, and institutions—has considerable influence in the public sphere, an influence beyond the impact on individual adherents. Most if not all of the religion has something to say about the environment. With the articles that we have read, muslim, catholics, christians, buddhism, they all have one thing in common to say about the environment and that is either to be stewards or to become one with the environment. This harmony that the religion is bringing to the minds of the people is powerful because more than the individual impact, collectively, it can start a movement and affect the environment greatly. If only all the people would be so religious to their beliefs then the world can be a conducive place for the next generation to live in.