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  • Lakshika

Intersectionality of Wars and Sustainability

Each war is a demonstration of how far humankind can go to demonstrate predominance over one another. Battles can leave scars that live on always, 6th of August 1945 was the day when the United States detonated two atomic weapons over the urban areas of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the sixth and ninth August. Leaving 226,000 blameless men, ladies, and kids annihilated.

The remaining parts of those 48 hours can be experienced by individuals living in those cities. Without any shortcoming of their own, the radiations discharged on that day, confronted difficulties that are still being passed on from generation to generation.

I also want to talk about the wars that we fight with our psyche, with the people we love. All conflicts are not fought on the geographical territorial boundaries, some are fought in homes and hearts. A major reason for wars for us, that we don't want to find the solution to the problem, but instead blame each other for causing it. The human race unrightly believes that a war is a solution to wars we create on the basis of our differences. Be it as simple as what color the comforter should be, or as apocalyptic as the Holocaust in the 1940s. We preach freedom and love, and still make the ones we don’t agree with, bleed crimson. We mark boundaries, we mark certain memories as good and certain as bad, but often we forget that the marks humans leave are too often scars. It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone. I’m sure we can never forget the number of people we’ve lost just because they belonged to another religion, spoke another language or lived in another country, we can never forget the pain another caused to us, how we cried all night just to realize that nothing more is left to be ruined. It is said that scars and bruises taught us a lot, that the ones that are scarred turn out to be stronger than the ones protected. However, I don’t agree. While some were traumatized, others prepared for what the world offers. Some slept peacefully and others survived on the very brink of the fight or flight mode. Wars come to an end, but scars never do leave.

A common misconception is that sustainability only links to how green your gardens are, or how many plastic bottles you recycle in a week. This preconceived notion not only limits our view of the idea of living better and cleaner, but also contributes to unhealthy modernistic lifestyles of division and severance. If we are building a future for coming generations on the foundations of innocent deaths and feelings of hatred, our children will not be able to sustain themselves. Moreover, wars primarily may hurt humankind but it is not limited to the same; animals and plants fall prey to horrifying impacts of warfare before humans do. Therefore wars fail the entire idea of being environmentally conscious. It is we who collectively decide whether we need bigger countries and more rivers mapped out on the side of the border that we reside in, or a safer and greener future for all irrespective of where they come from, who they love, and what they worship.

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