//The Commandments of Nature

The Commandments of Nature

The book highlights in 17 chapters, some of the basic tenets of environment management, enumerated as the “Commandments of the Nature” in the first chapter itself. Table 1 in Chapter 1 provides an ecologically sound land use pattern, in a well implemented watershed programme. The present global or country-wise population is itself beyond the Carrying Capacity.

For a sustainable environment, at least 70% of the global or each country’s land area including all lands above 33.3 per cent slope, should be under forest cover. The “Vanamahotsava” in India is reduced to planting saplings every year in the same spot by different VIP’s.

The present ratio of global land use of 77 to 23 per cent for animal husbandry and agriculture is highly unsustainable and environmentally detrimental. Globally too much emphasis is being given to animal production compared to production of staple foods.

The most intimate environment of a person is his own body. The present food consumption, emphasizing more the gustatory aspects than nutritional, resulting in negative genetical changes causing both physical and mental deformities and diseases, is an environmental disaster.

Israel is a role model in the use of domestic waste water for agriculture and “Waste is Wealth” is yet to become an environmental pattern.

Poverty is also a cause for Environmental degradation: population lacking in basic amenities will be a dead weight on environment.

Title: Fundamentals of Environment Management

Author: K.T. Chandy, SJ
Publisher: Pavanatma Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Kozhikode
Pages: 630
Price: Rs.750/-

K.T. Chandy, SJ