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The Galapagos Islands is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth. And I was lucky to have had the opportunity to visit this place that the locals call ‘a little piece of heaven’.
Its powder white sandy beaches, turquoise coloured waters and abundant marine life provide us with an example of the type of paradise that was once aplenty but now scarce due to the excessive modernization we pursue in the name of ‘progress’.
Hence it is crucial for me to share with you what I’ve learnt from the island in the hopes that we will all make a conscious effort to preserve these pockets of paradise around the world. And in the process, create a world driven by sustainability rather than by this false progress that will inevitably drive us to extinction.
Our current definition of progress still appears to revolve around us people. But we all know that this is logically invalid. Nature is what sustains us not the other way around. Therefore, our priority should be to take care of nature so that it takes care of us. And that is what is being done in the Galapagos. Although it takes a lot of effort, the pay-off is truly worth it. Wildlife is able to thrive in almost pristine conditions thus bringing in tourists like me that flock to see them. And with tourist dollars, the island is able to develop further to improve the quality of life for the locals.
But there is a distinct difference.
The people of the Galapagos do well to ensure that their development is not at the expense of nature. To them, nature is PARAMOUNT.
And correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t we feel the same?
Instead, islands just cater to tourists while completely disregarding nature, cities are so focused on development that they would rather see their city polluted to ensure economic growth and oil companies are willing to destroy the most diverse eco-system in the world (The Amazon) because of the vast amounts of oil under it.
So you tell me, who gave us the right to kill everything else so that we can survive?
We can blame everyone else. But it is important to note that we are the main culprits because we are the demand to this ignorant supply. We equate our needs with our wants. And it is the wants that kill off this earth.
Something’s got to change. As with anything in life, a balance is required. And it is achievable. We just have to learn from the people who are already making an effort to get it right.
So let’s start with preserving nature. Because when we do, sustainability would be far more achievable.