Humanity is duty-bound to protect and preserve the earth.
Kalam inspired many people to work for making India a developed nation by 2020. In his final, cautionary lecture — “Creating a Livable Planet Earth” — at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, on July 27, 2015, he gave a warning about the damage our quest for development has inflicted on the earth’s ecosystem. He laid down the principles for the future course of action to save nature.
“Humanity needs a great vision to forget all the conflicts and move towards a common goal of peace and prosperity for all global citizens. We visualise the birth of a world vision leading to ‘livable Planet Earth’. This vision will be greater than any other vision so far envisioned by humanity.”
We must include green measures in our daily lives. Lives are interlinked and we need to strengthen these linkages. Nature can teach tolerance and build an amicable relationship with humanity.
As an important stakeholder in the ecosystem, we must act towards strengthening policy initiatives such as recycling, waste management, energy efficiency, designs without pollution, paperless offices, renewable energy, effective use of natural light and ventilation, sustainability education and other such relevant activities. This is how we could follow Kalam’s vision.
In The Family and the Nation, a treatise of values for building a sustainable society, Kalam, along with Acharya Mahapragya, has shown the right path for making India a great nation.
A Manifesto for Change.
Inspired by Kalam, the Sansad Ratna and Sansad Maha Ratna awards for the best parliamentarians were instituted.