This environment blog seeks to answer this question with every piece we publish. In this post, I would like to distill this down to 3 key reasons as to why we have to conserve and restore nature and all it’s ecosystems.
Because nature is beautiful and serene…
You know this as well as I do. If you don’t know the peace that you get when you wake up to fresh air and the first rays of sunlight in the mountains, you have not lived. If you don’t know how serene it feels to feel waves gently caressing your feet, you have not felt serenity. If you haven’t watched a bird’s egg hatch in it’s nest, if you haven’t seen a an animal swoop down on it’s prey, if you haven’t seen birds flying in formation in the sky…you haven’t lived!
Nature is beautiful. It can bring so much peace to our minds. Spend a day in the woods and you’ll see for yourself. Today, most of us have only experienced the rush of traffic, the urban ecosystem of cities and have only breathed in polluted air. Very few of us have tasted spring water rushing out of the ground. It’s something every one of us should get an opportunity to experience. If we do, people will be motivated to conserve and protect nature on their own.
Because everything we use is in nature…
Everything we need — water, air, land, minerals — is part of nature. Everything that is around you right now comes from nature. Your table, your bed, your chair, your food. You name it. Even metals and petrol are derived from nature. Our entire economy is driven directly or indirectly by the ecosystems of the world. The services that an ecosystem provides to our lives is estimated to be over $3 trillion every year! If nature gets severely degraded, many of the things we enjoy today will not exist.
Because it is our responsibility…
We are supposedly the most intelligent species in the history of Earth. We are the only animals with the ability to think consciously about our actions and the implications of our actions. That gives us the moral responsibility of ensuring the Earth is suitable not just to protect and sustain us, but to protect and sustain every species on Earth. Unfortunately, we haven’t done a very good job of it throughout history. But it’s never too late to start.
These reasons put together should be more than enough for us to be motivated to conserve and restore the natural world. Even if that’s not enough, please, explore my website.
Because at the end of the day, that’s what being Eco-Intelligent is about.