The Story of Water and Land – a Silent Cry of the Earth and Scream of the Waters- An Eco-Spiritual Journey to the Primordial through Literature to Save Nature and its Natural Resources

Authors

  • Mary Thomas Thomas Dr.M.G.R Educational and Research University, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53103/cjlls.v4i2.151

Keywords:

Nature, Destruction, Degradation, Water, Land, Ecological Spiritualism, Primordial, Untarnished, Pure Serene, Green, Covenant, Life, Ecocriticism

Abstract

The earth is changing rapidly, landscapes that were once lush and green, rivers and mountains become desert places in the twinkling of an eye. Flora and fauna are being destroyed every day before our very eyes and animals birds and reptiles are being deprived of their natural habitats. There are graveyards of trees everywhere. Trees for eons have been the Sentinels of rejuvenation, they are being cut down mercilessly to make way for roads, metros,  trucks, carrier lorries, industries, and factories that release foul poisons into the air. These denizens of greed and avarice in the name of advancements spew out polluted gaseous substances into cities and villages destroying forever the flora and fauna. These silicon valleys flowing with gold and silver pander to the avarice of man and spell doom to humankind. We humans are guilty of destroying nature. We are the primary predators who destroy the habitat of wild birds and animals and annihilate the gentle balance between nature and man. There is this great cruelty being meted out to every creature and living thing under the sun. These acts of ruthlessness have turned the eco-balance topsy-turvy and beyond any kind of repair. Climate changes are happening so rapidly and man-made natural disasters loom large in the horizon of our future. The natural habitat of every wild thing, animal, bird, and reptile is being destroyed at a rapid pace. The earth’s ecological balance is crashing down so drastically. The world leaders are turning a blind eye to such a destructive imbalance in the ecosystem all over the world. Humankind is drowning in their apathy and the earth and resources we once knew are hurtling rapidly towards destruction.  This concern for dwindling resources and the exploitation of the precious resources of nature and the threat that this poses on human life and the extinction of species and in the end the annihilation of the human race has given rise to a comparatively new branch of study, Ecology and the environmental science and literary theory evolved from it called Ecocriticism. Ecocriticism can thus be deemed to be the analysis of literature and ecology from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Lawrence Ingalls Buell is a professor of American Literature at Harvard University and a pioneer of Ecocriticism. He says this stream of study is said to be interdisciplinary as it draws from the collaborative insights of historians, philosophers, writers, literary critics, and a dizzy array of cross-disciplinary conversations with life scientists, philosophers, climatologists, public policymakers, geographers, cultural anthropologists, landscape artists, environmental lawyers, and environmental engineers (Buell, 2005) This article focuses on writers and thinkers who are making a great difference and awareness of ecological problems looming large in the future of Humankind.

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Published

2024-03-13

How to Cite

Thomas, M. T. (2024). The Story of Water and Land – a Silent Cry of the Earth and Scream of the Waters- An Eco-Spiritual Journey to the Primordial through Literature to Save Nature and its Natural Resources. Canadian Journal of Language and Literature Studies, 4(2), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.53103/cjlls.v4i2.151

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