It is intriguing that several earlier civilizations eradicated and collapsed over a period of time. Why and what happened to those robust civilizations? For the Sumerians, the rising salt level in the soil – the result of a flaw in their irrigation system – brought down wheat and barley yields and eventually the civilization itself. For the Mayans, soil erosion accelerated by a series of intense droughts apparently undermined their food supply and their civilization. This is like what we saw recently at Malegaon in Maharashtra where 130 people lost lives in a land slide and, similarly, thousands who lost their lives in their pilgrimage at Uttarakhand.
The most wonderful mystery of life may well be the means by which it created so much diversity from so little physical matter. The biosphere, all organisms combined, makes up only about one part in ten billion of the earth’s mass. It is sparsely distributed through a kilometer – thick layer of soil, water and air stretched over a half billion square kilometer of surface. In this biosphere, life has divided into millions of species, the fundamental units, each playing a unique role in relation to the whole, and it functions in perfect rhythm. This books explores how the behaviors of Homo Sapiens has adapted for getting the primacy and in the process is also paving a precarious path which can be mitigated through a conscious change in our lives. Sustainability may be designed in our planet and demands a different way of living, and the book explores the same.