How to preserve the environment

Just as we ensure there is money in our bank account, we need to balance our account with the earth.

As the Green Sense series touches the magical number 200 with this essay, we have two choices – take it as a time for celebration or take it as a moment of introspection. We need to choose the second.

There is no rosy picture around us, nor is there a ray of hope for future, however optimistic we wish to be. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has crossed the mythical level of 400 parts per million, possibly leading to faster climate change.

At this rate, global increase in temperature between 1900 and 2100 A.D. could be around 2.0 degrees Celsius or even more. The 21{+s}{+t}century could witness a rise in global mean sea level up to 0. 98 metres. The decade from 2001 to 2010 has been the warmest ever since 1850, possibly making it the hottest since modern human civilisation came to stay.

The 19{+t}{+h}U.N. climate change conference held recently at Warsaw has not evolved any safe road map for the future of the world.

Grim facts

These grim facts may appear far fetched at the global level, making us feel they do not impact our daily life. On the contrary, it’s our daily life which has cumulatively resulted in the above scenario.

How do we ensure there is money in our bank accounts? It sounds like a silly question, for the simple answer any school kid can give would refer to depositing more money than what we withdraw. Every elderly family member advices the young ones not to take credit over drafts or loans that could be difficult to repay. To save the earth, we need to follow the same formula. We need to balance our account with the earth.

We should give back all that we take from Earth and if possible, give more than what we take – individually. Every person may not be able to do it every time, like the younger generation may consume more resources but as we age, we can live with less.

There is one whole life time to balance our resource and energy account with the Earth, finally to ensure we leave this place with eco-balance for our next generations and not loss.

Scepticism

The problems have reached such mega scale now that many are sceptic about what an individual can do. We can act in small ways, but a million immediately doable small actions can achieve more than one mega action, which often is not easy to implement.

We can plant trees, support animals, use less water, go low tech, donate money, do not invest surplus income for more returns, spend for societal causes, manage with basic gadgets, educate the young, live in villages, do volunteer service, do not buy the unwanted, refuse what we can live without, earn just enough for living, avoid luxuries, decline incentives – this list can go on with as many ideas as we can individually live with.

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Posted on February 22, 2014, in fundamentals and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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