We all know the importance of smartphones in our daily lives. From staying in touch with loved ones to staying informed about the world, these devices have become an integral part of our existence. But what happens when human folly leads us to damage the environment just to retrieve a dropped phone?
Well, that is exactly what happened in India recently when a food inspector emptied a reservoir just to retrieve his phone.
According to The Times of India, Rajesh Vishwas, a food inspector, lost his Samsung smartphone while taking a selfie at the Kherkatta Dam. The dam was the main source of drinking water for residents of the nearby village. Mr. Vishwas, as many of us would, panicked and attempted to retrieve his phone.
Vishwas initially tried to get divers to search for his phone without success. He then decided to take matters into his own hands and had the reservoir emptied over a period of three days using diesel pumps.
More than two million liters of water were drained from the dam to help retrieve his phone. Local media reported that the amount of water drained could have been sufficient to irrigate at least 1,500 acres of land.
The incident has raised concerns about the dangers of taking selfies. In an attempt to impress or capture the perfect image, people may take unnecessary risks, including damaging the environment. Emptying the Kherkatta Dam is just one example of such risks.
The process of emptying a reservoir can have far-reaching environmental impacts. It can negatively affect the ecosystems of the rivers that the dam feeds into and destroy any habitats in those river beds. This could then lead to a shortage of resources that could ultimately impact the lives and livelihoods of nearby communities.
The Bigger Picture
While the loss of a single phone may not seem significant, it is important to note that this incident highlights the broader issue of human ignorance concerning our actions and their impact on the environment.
In addition, this incident serves as a reminder of the urgency of finding ways to tackle such challenges. We need to promote sustainable practices that prioritize people, the environment, and animals over the needs of individuals who prioritize their own needs.
Emptying a dam to retrieve a phone is not only an act of vanity, but it is also an act of environmental irresponsibility. Our actions have significant and long-term effects on nature. Therefore, it is imperative that we urge individuals to think twice before indulging in such acts that could cause harm to the environment.
Whether it is taking selfies, polluting rivers, or using plastic products, these actions may seem small but have drastic effects on nature. It is time for us to be more conscious of our actions to preserve and protect our environment for future generations.