Ruthless exploitation of natural resources in the name of development took place exponentially during the last few decades globally. Those nations which were left behind in this race have now embarked upon a path of using the bounty of nature to extract maximum out of it and register a higher rate of national growth. Alarmed by this misuse of nature, people started raising their voices and ultimately a saner sense is now emerging everywhere to save the nature. Natural conservation and saving the resources for the coming generations is on the radar of all the governments. The United Nations has set the agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its recent meeting with a tagline: “Transforming Our World – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Some of the 17 SDGs include eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, healthy life style, equal opportunities for education, gender equality, water conservation, sustainable consumption and production patterns, climate change issues, conserving marine resources, etc. Biodiversity loss lately with the extinction of numerous plants and animal species has been the biggest setback to natural richness. Time bound guidelines along with the targets to be met have been framed by the UN. Man made stumbling blocks of ethnic violence, wars, terrorism and religious fanaticism have to be tackled seriously if a notable progress is to be made. A concerted effort by all the stakeholders would surely bring fruit and the world will once again become a beautiful place
for our future generations.
Professor S. P. Singh, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Human Biology Review
Former Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences,
Punjabi University, Patiala, India