Chopped by Benard Ogembo
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Huge changes in society needed to keep nature.

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Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes; deserts are spreading, wetlands are being lost and we are losing 10 million hectares of forest each year. Every marine ecosystem is being destroyed by plastic pollution.

This catastrophic nature of what is happening to our world was captured by the United Nation Secretary,Mr António Guterres, in a virtual address on the state of our planet that he gave at Columbia University, New York, a few weeks ago.

Guterres said, “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back -and it is already doing so with growing force and fury.”

The last few decades we have witness a lot of pandemics, from Covid-19 to Sars, Mers, Ebola, HIV, Zika and H1N1. Ways the humans are colonising every ecosystem can be attributed to frequent pandemics.

It has been proved that decayed ecosystems benefits creatures like bats and rodents that carry these diseases to the human population.

The UN Convention on Biodiversity aims to protect biodiversity by using the nature diversity without destroying it and sharing any benefits from genetic diversity equally.

The fifteenth UN Biodiversity Conference – COP15 – had been scheduled to take place in Kunming in China last October 2020 but because of Covid-19 was postponed to 17-30 May this year.

This conference is due to end before the UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow in November, and one of the goals of COP15 is for nature-based solutions to contribute significantly to achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

It is estimated that there are almost 300 global, regional and local conventions geared towards protecting biodiversity, locally and globally. These must be reinforced.

For us to make peace with Nature, we must reinforce and pay attention to the following:

 What we are allowed to do depends on who we are. Mankind is the species in which nature emerges to express herself in language, art and reason, and in doing so she moves herself forward with us.

 Peace with nature means that human relations with other beings are controlled constitutionally within a community to which not only mankind belongs. Constitutionally restricted and in this sense non-violent, human domination is legitimate.

 How we should relate ourselves to nature also depends on our understanding of nature. Nature basically is acting nature, or creative power, and in this sense equally is the nature of the beings of nature.

 The technologically less advanced countries should not repeat the mistakes of the industrialized countries. The traditional pattern of industrial economy cannot be generalized to all peoples and violates peace with nature.

 Plants are not only most sensitive indicators to environmental pollution but to the loss of humanity as well.
 Some artifacts are more natural and correspond to peace with nature better than others which are unnatural and violate peace with nature. Also in our fellow world, and even apart from man's influence, nature is what should be.

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