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Appreciating Nature's Gifts: Reducing Reliance on Fossil Fuels

written by: Haresh Khemani • edited by: Lamar Stonecypher • updated: 9/13/2008

Mother Nature has given us innumerable priceless gifts, one such gift is fossil fuels such as oil. We never really realized its importance since it was cheaply available till now. With fuel prices escalating we are trying to find a number of alternate fuels, but this is also the time to understand and appreciate what nature has given us till now.

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    The search for alternate fuels has never been as desperate as it is today. With fuel prices skyrocketing the importance of this research is becoming more obvious every day. For decades we have been using petroleum and fossil fuels, mainly gasoline and diesel, thinking rivers of the fuel are flowing in our backyards and they would never ever dry up. One of the main reasons for such thinking was extremely low prices of these fuels.

    In fact, even today in some countries where fuel is abundantly available, fuel is cheaper than water and people use it extravagantly without any bother. People here consider it their birthright to use fuel in a manner they want, considering fuel as property inherited from their forefathers using it mindlessly. However, there is no meaning in criticizing or being jealous of the people enjoying the privileges of extremely cheap fuel. We too have enjoyed these privileges for decades and our attitude towards gasoline and diesel were exactly the same as the residents of countries where the fuel is still very cheap.

    When fuel was cheap, everybody kept on using it without giving any thought to air-pollution. Nobody was ready to accept the fact that fuel or oil is the property of nature and that we should use it sparingly. Nobody really appreciated the highly invaluable gift that Mother Nature has given to us in the form of oil.


    It is just like the small child who sucks the milk from mother, but never really appreciates what she has given him and when he feels hungry he keeps on crying to get more. The merciful mother keeps on giving selflessly, but she has her own limits. Ultimately, after a period of time the child has to be self-dependent and in due course of time realize how difficult it is to accumulate resources and survive. Then probably the child realizes and appreciates what his or her mother has given to them.


    We are at the same stage now: people who are still getting fuel at low prices have yet to grow up and realize the importance of the fruits offered by Mother Nature. The time has come for us to grow up and appreciate and be grateful to what nature has provided till now and is still providing. And this not only for the gift of fuel offered by nature, but innumerable number of many other gifts offered by it.


    We treasure the gifts offered by our friends and relatives, is it not our duty to at least understand the importance of the gifts offered by the nature. Won’t we thank the person who gives us even a small gift or does a small favor for us? But what about the gifts offered by Mother Nature? Are we even aware of what the Mother Nature is giving us? Don’t be like the selfish child who wants to depend on his or her mother far beyond their eligible age.


    The best way to come out of fuel crisis is by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Its time we control our dependency on Mother Nature and other countries. The resources of the nature will last only when they are used within certain limits. Finding an alternate fuel source may help, but the best answer is to reduce the consumption of fuel. This is possible by using your vehicle only when required; wherever possible use public transport. If you are going someplace nearby, walk! This has the added benefit of improving your health.


    Its time to grow up and see what things needs to be changed. A controlled life, appreciating the gifts offered by the nature will be helpful for us as well as others. Our life should be an ideal path for the future generations to follow.