Natural disasters, such as the torrential rains and subsequent floods we experienced a few days ago, always remind me that our world is constantly changing.
When I was still a student, I learned that while the planet is designed to evolve naturally, but the dawn of the industrial revolution, coupled by mankind’s increasingly rapid (and destructive) exploitation of available natural resources, have certainly accelerated the world's transformation. As a result, a lot of places that were once pristine just a few years ago are now unrecognizable or are in danger of disappearing. I find this really tragic, as there are still a lot of places in this world that are yet to be explored.
I may not be so lucky as to be able to visit all of them, but I think it's still necessary to make people realize that our world as we know it is rapidly changing. More importantly, we should all remember that we can all chip in to help save these places--and eventually ourselves--through our own little ways.
(Photo by Hamish Moffatt via Flickr Creative Commons)