Honourable Chairperson, Respected Members of the Jury and my dear friends
I am here to strongly oppose the motion that “For the sake of personal comfort, ill effects on the environment may be disregarded.” As quoted by Mahatma Gandhi, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” To day humanity is on the march, but earth is left behind. For the sake of economic progress, we are continually exploiting our environment. All our efforts to defeat poverty and pursue sustainable development will be vain if environmental degradation and natural resource depletion continue unabated.
To combat this pending disaster which threatens our very existence it is we who have to take the harder but right step forward. If by relinquishing a few personal comforts we can contribute to save the earth, it is our duty that we should do so. What good is a house, if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? This is the first age that’s ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.
Why can’t each of us use public transport or eco-friendly vehicles like bicycles? If this continues environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option…they will become a necessity. You think that by taking individual responsibility you cannot contribute to saving the planet. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. If this problem is reduced by renouncing a few materialistic luxuries, then why can’t we? The ultimate test of our conscience will be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose word of thanks will not be heard. If this does not happen soon a day will come when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught and we will realise that we cannot eat money.