2019 was recorded as the second warmest year and the end of the warmest decade ever!
The levels of CO2 in the atmosphere rose to another different level which affected all the continents and the countries in a way that it disrupted national economies and affected the flora and fauna on this planet, leading towards their extinction.
But, the situation got a little better due to the recent pandemic which is known as The Coronavirus aka COVID-19. The analysis shows that greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop about 6 percent in 2020 because of the bans on travel and complete lockdowns, the pollution caused by industries and factories had a drop of about 90% in the months of April, May, and June. But the sad part is that this was temporary, as soon as the Government passed unlock guidelines to normalize life, the pollution index started rising again and is expected to go even high in the future because of which ‘Climate change is not on pause’.
For many, these climatic changes are expected to impact the availability of basic necessities like food, water, security, etc.
This brings us to the link between climate change and sustainable development, which are strong and are well established throughout the world. Poor and developing countries, particularly, the least developed countries will be amongst those who are adversely affected and least able to cope with causing shocks to their social, economic, and natural systems.
Are you thinking developed countries are the only ones who can survive???
Let us clarify this to you, they won’t be spared either. As per the 2008 records, Russia observed that their winter temperatures have increased by 2 to 3°C in Siberia as compared to the previous span of 120-150 years, while the average global temperature rose about 0.7°C during the same period. Russia is projected to cross the 2°C threshold earlier than the world on average if significant and effective steps are not taken in time.
In the year 2014, the Zayandeh-Rud River Basin, located in the dry and semiarid region of Iran, was selected as an example of Iran’s low-water area. This basin has an area of 26,917 Km2. Precipitation in most areas of the basin is below 150 mm (Zareian et al. 2014). The main water resource for this basin is the Zayandeh-Rud River, which provides water for users that are concentrated in the eastern part of the basin. The agricultural sector consumes about 73% of the water resources in this area. The changes in the climate eventually made the whole country suffer from water scarcity.
“Will the government be alone enough?”
The sad reality is ‘NO’. They can’t fight this battle alone or on our behalf. We all need to take steps and join hands to change our daily practices because, if not, in the end, this is going to haunt us all in the forms of floods, hurricanes, droughts, wildfire, melting of glaciers will give birth to more such viruses like COVID-19 or maybe more deadly, things that we are not prepared for, things that are trapped in those glaciers for human good which can cause serious problems and greatly impact human health.
All this lead to United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: “Transforming our World”, with their Member States express their commitment to protecting the planet from degradation, announced 17 sustainable development goals, of which Goal 14 states that “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”
So, are these only for the sake of reading? Do we have to wait for the government to do something? Are we just going to play the blame game? Now, you will say “What alone can we do?” “How is that anyway going to make any difference?”
We bring to you a dozen easy, effective ways that each one of us can do to make a difference:
Make a Conversation, Talk!
Easy pizy, ain’t it? “Talk” to friends and family, and make a conversation. If only you will talk, you will be able to enlighten not only others but also you will be able to learn a lot more from others. This will lead to informed decision-making and in turn, will help us ask the right questions and demand the right laws from the government. We will be able to save lives. Not only humans but of all creatures which form a very important part of our life cycle.
Choose renewable energy
Choose a utility company that generates at least half its power from wind or solar and has been certified by the authorities. So before going shopping, check for the companies online. Word has shrunk to our phones. Nothing is too hard to find these days. Use it to save the environment.
Building a new home? Check for Old School designs!
Nah! Not giving you advice for your interior or anything, all we wish to say is, back in time there were no 24*7 available power sources and no AC’s or Fan’s but still the architecture was such that they never used to feel too hot or too cold. We can definitely learn good things from them and save our utility bills and voila! Another way of saving our planet.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances
Have to purchase a Washing machine, Microwave, electronic appliances? Check the specifications and contribute your bit to nature. Choose alternates for polluting products.
Reduce water waste
For water, there is a saying in Hindi “Jal hi Jeevan hai” meaning water is life. Water is the base without which you can’t survive. You need water to drink, to produce food to cook food to clean to do everything. See, how important it is! And we don’t have ample usable water. Therefore it is our moral duty to save and use it in the best possible way.
Pull the plug(s)
No! you don’t have to pull the plugs on any person, but make sure that whenever you are done with charging or done watching TV, etc. you unplug the system. Even if you switch off the button, plugged-in devices consume energy.
Drive/ Ride a fuel-efficient vehicle
Meaning thereby a fuel-efficient vehicle will consume a reasonable amount of fuel and maintaining the vehicle is also of the utmost importance. No! not only because of fuel consumption but also because it will emit less harmful stuff in the environment.
At last, all we are trying to say is “SAVE PLANET, SAVE EARTH”