It is the 26th of December, 2016; twelve years since one of nature’s greatest calamities shook the world. I still remember watching the death toll numbers increase tremendously every second. A few months later, I wrote a poem, titled December 26, 2004. I was a seventh grader then.
For some reason, the last 4 lines of the poem I wrote make more sense to me now. The Tsunami left behind many debris that still remains uncleaned today. Most of the debris were not materialistic, but indeed made a hole in our hearts.
Was the 2004 Tsunami a Wake-Up Call?
If we look back to 2004, the ocean was more sustainable to its lifeforms than it is now. Humans were still exploiting the ocean, both by polluting it and removing life from it. Louie Psihoyos best explained this in his documentary film Racing Extinction, which was released on January 24, 2015.
On October 21, 2016, Before the Flood was released. It explained a lot, questioned our existence in the future, and reminded us that we have terribly damaged our ocean ecosystems. The ‘Great Barrier Reef’ isn’t really that ‘great’ anymore. It was one of the biggest ocean ecosystems that is almost 500,000 years old.
The year of 2004 was actually the period when humans began to exploit the ocean as much as they could. Scientists were trying to explain that global warming was real, and there were politicians saying that it was humbug.
As awkward as it may seem, I think that Tsunami was nature’s way of telling humans to “leave the oceans alone”. If we had probably listened to it, we would not have as many problems as of now. It is the ugly truth that mankind is working hard making artificial money destroying nature.
If we take look at our oceans now, we would probably agree that the 2004 Tsunami was a wake-up call. It was probably the water saying “leave us the hell alone”.
We Failed. And We Keep Failing…
Sadly, we never understood what nature was trying to tell us. We have continued to breed incessantly without even giving a thought about the future of our planet. It is harder to think than to breed, I agree, but why not give a little thought about the future of the children?
Donald Trump is now the President of the USA. He apparently thinks that climate change is a myth and his cabinet is filled with men who are exploiters of natural resources. We have started destroying ecosystems to find and transport oil in the oceans, all this to burn it and cause even more problems for the planet.
It has been twelve years since the Tsunami tried to tell us all this. We survived, but we didn’t learn. The only homage that we could best pay to the Tsunami victims is to try and leave the oceans alone. Because that is what they tried to teach us too.