Today I saw a commercial on TV. It said that there are only 1000+ tigers left in India. The first thought that came to my mind is that we will now be telling only bedtime stories to our children after 5 years about tigers!!!!
This is very depressing and should be given a very serious thought. If you think that nothing can be done or a single person can’t help, then this post is for you!
Tigers will get extinct someday, so what?
Let me first start of with what will happen if there will be no tigers left.
Think of those days of your school when your sciences teacher used to teach you about food chain. We all know that tigers are predators, they hunt herbivorous (vegetarian) animals. Now if there are no tigers left then herbivorous will grow in population. If there is blast in there population, then there will be more animals feeding on vegetation (trees, plants, grass). And do keep in mind they eat like hell (try googling it if you want proof). Then obviously scarcity in vegetation will arise, as a result these animals will start dying.
So, In the end we are left with no forests (or very little forests) and no animals (or very few animals). This will lead to less tress and then eventually to less oxygen, more carbon dioxide. Planet will become more warmer. Now combine this with global warming, which is already happening.
End result? I won’t be surprised if our planet Earth converts into second Mars in our solar system. In practical sense, this won’t be happening overnight, but if negligence continues, then I am sure that in next 50 years we will have more deserts than Earth has ever seen before.
What Can a Single Person Do?
Obviously a single person can’t do it all by himself unless he is a superman. But still you can contribute and believe me, it helps.
You can do following to help Mother Nature:
- Stop using polybags
- Use recycled paper for rough work
- Don’t burn paper or wood items, rather give them to a recycling center
- Switch off your vehicle’s engines at red light
- Ask your wife not to buy things which are derived from tigers like tiger’s skin purse
- Be a very responsible tourist, don’t feed tigers or any other wild animal
- Don’t leave garbage in forest
- Ask your children, office staff to utilize paper efficiently. Don’t leave white spaces much.
Above points are not only related to tigers, but to environment also.
A Quick Fact
At the turn of the 20th century, according to sources, India had an estimated 40,000 tigers in the wild. In 2002, based on pug mark census, this number was 3,642. As per the monitoring exercise by Wildlife Institute of India in association with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Government of India using camera traps, in 2008 we were left with only 1,411 tigers. This number is so small that they will be gone soon if we don’t wake up to the crisis.
In the end, may be you have heard these things everywhere, but merely listening to these things will solve nothing. Start acting now and I bet you, son’t take polythene bag next time and you will feel better.