Day 4 of the March SOLSC #SOL 21

Listening to the drone of the earthmovers in the plot behind our house and to the lorries going up and the down the street , I wonder at what humans are doing to this planet of ours. We level mountains and fill valleys to fulfill our desires. We think the whole planet belongs to us and only us. Fortunately,  there are countless people who are doing their best to stop the destruction.

The dust and the sound of lorries moving up the slope of our street is creating a lot of problems.
We contacted the Municipal office. Fortunately,  the engineer in charge was kind enough to listen to us. We told him most of the people on our street are above sixty and the dust from early morning to evening is such a health hazard. His assistant came yesterday evening.  A stretch of mud road is the cause for all the dust. They sprinkled water and it is not so dusty now. We just hope they do the same every day.

These problems are not as bad as what is being done to Earth. We will be here today and gone tomorrow.  But I feel sad when I think  about what we are leaving behind for the future generations.

‘Aches of Mother Earth
Hurt by humans with machines
The pain will not ease .

(https://ronovanwrites.com/2021/03/01/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-347-ache-and-ease/ )

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. Nice to know the concern was heard and responded to – at least the concern of the humans currently residing on that spot of earth.

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    1. Today they did not put water Derrick ☹️ I sent a message and called the Municipal office again. The engineer talked politely and said he would look into it. I think we will have to keep on calling till it becomes ingrained in their minds.

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  2. You write about one small event happening in your community. There are so many of those small events everywhere in the world. We also need small reactions like yours everywhere in the world. Let’s keep on our toes and have faith in our children and grand-children to do better… a lot better.

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  3. I was drawn here because I, too, am worried about the planet and hope we can act to reverse or at least slow the effects of climate change. All the open space in my community has vanished. Where are all the people coming from to fill these new homes and high-rise condos and apartments? It is a constant worry.

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  4. Yes, the earth will still be here, but in what shape? I often wonder what we are doing to the planet when I see land being cleared so something can be erected there. I feel for all of the animals that are being displaced because of these interlopers/

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  5. Here I continue to be amazed by people building expensive homes at water’s edge or in deserts and expecting to have no consequences. I worry about those properties above you sliding. I lived in a neighborhood where that happened after a home was built above a long standing one.

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      1. When it was being built we wondered about the possibility of a landslide from cutting into that hill. Hope your engineers are more careful.

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  6. Yes, people ignore history and never seem to think something can happen to them despite all the damage they do. Some are becoming aware, but not enough to avoid the terrible destruction being caused…we always want bigger and better, when what we have is perfectly adequate!

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