A couple of days ago, I went out for a morning walk in the Dhaka University and Suhrawardy Uddyan area. Usually, I do not go for morning walks as I get up late in the morning. This habit of late rising has become consistent due to Covid-19 pandemic. However, I slept for a short period that night and woke up at 5:30 am, and went to the Suhrawardy Uddyan through Dhaka University with my dad.
My father always instigates me to see the beauty of nature. The beautiful historical place remained closed since March 2020 for Covid-19. There were a few people including some cleaners. My mind was very fresh in that place because it was early morning and nature took a different look. Some birds like Martin, Sparrow, Dove, Parakeet, Pigeon, Cuckoo, Parrot, Nightingale, Magpie, etc. were chirping here and there. Some squirrels were looking at us with wonder and were climbing up and down the trees. The sky was looking fresh and deep blue. Some middle aged people were exercising.
I was inhaling the pure oxygen by taking off my mask. Unfortunately, I smelt a bad odour of rotten rubbish. There was a lot of trash like human excretes, kitchen rubbish, packets and bottles. Also I had to cover my ears due to construction noises. It disturbed us very much and it also disturbed the birds and other creatures which were living in and around the place. Seeing these I realised that we are not doing justice to the environment and nature. We know that noise and rubbish are harmful to us but we are ignoring it.
The Almighty has given us so many blessings but it is sad that we are destroying them. We have a common belief that the government is not doing anything for us. What are we doing to ourselves and others? Are we doing what we should do as conscious citizens? The government cannot do everything for us alone. The government has to maintain the whole country which is not so easy. We have to help our government by taking steps like putting garbage in the bins except on roadsides, planting more and more trees, not making loud noises, not polluting ponds and rivers, etc. We will have to take measures to keep our environment livable. In the Holy Qur’an, there is an ayah that “Cleanliness is a part of faith’. It is our responsibility to keep our environment clean. If we act responsibly, we will be able to establish the Golden Bengal or “Sonar Bangla".
Going to Dhaka University and Suhrawardy Uddyan was a great experience for me although I had a long day ahead. To see the beauty of nature, I promise to get up early in the morning every day. And this early rising of mine may make me “healthy, wealthy, and wise”.
Sheikh Nafis Ifran is a student of class ten at BCSIR High School, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.