Does nature love us?
Do we all love nature? Of course, we all do and such a question is seemingly unwarranted. Now if we ask, does nature love us – the answers could vary. There could be few people who may affirmatively claim that nature loves us all, but the majority would get sceptical and wonder why nature should love us, considering all the havoc we have been creating.
During our developmental processes, we have continuously taken from nature. Brick-making takes from top soil; eco-tourism depends upon ecological attractions; vegetable farming sucks soil nutrients; heavy industries take away mineral ores; and golf courses consume large quantity of water.
In return, what are we giving back to nature? Polluted environment, depleted resources, degraded land, amassed waste – the list can go on endlessly.
Yet, we proudly claim how we make things. It’s time we realise that it is not we the humans who make cars, but nature which makes them. Without all the supplies of nature, the laptops would not have been possible. Later, when the performance life of cars and laptops end, we do not keep them with us, but throw them which is an act of returning them to earth.
Construction & destruction
We are trying to solve the puzzle of energy consumption in buildings, but the major problem lies with the act of building itself – every construction follows some destruction, some processing and some materialistic modification such that no building can ever be completely eco-friendly.
If so, how would one view this Green Sense column, running in its 100th edition today? It intends to create hope amidst loss, share ideas to reduce the harm, minimise energy consumption by taking architecture beyond the mainstream and finally, to invoke respect to past practices and present contexts so that we can be sensuous, sensitive and sensible to nature.
If we are the starting point towards unabated energy consumption, we can also be the starting point towards balanced energy conservation.