How Unconventionality is the Solution of Environmental Degradation
Updated: Dec 23, 2021
Ramesh Chaurasia-Solution of Environmental Degradation
Our environment has reached a critical juncture. It has come to a situation where we need to buckle up and take action to conserve it immediately without much delay. The innumerable health hazards and the destruction and food insecurity occurring as a result of environmental degradation are having and will continue to have huge impacts on the population.
The decay of the environment is disturbing the balance of the ecosystem, jeopardizing biodiversity. On top of that, environmental deterioration today through the overexploitation of resources is a threat to future generations. We need to remember that we are not the owners of this planet, rather we have borrowed it from the generations to come.
Therefore, environmental degradation has put the life of both, the present as well as future generations at stake.
The recent revelation that I recently came across and that shook me to the core is that as of now, 75% of the earth’s land has already degraded and if we move at the same pace without following concrete conservation practices, then by 2050, almost 95% of the earth’s surface would deteriorate.
In Dalai Lama’s words, “It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live.” When it comes to developing and adopting ways to preserve our environment, there are both conventional as well as unconventional ways. But I strongly believe that we have come to a point where along with practicing conventional methods of environmental protection, we must embrace unconventional methods as well to get satisfactory outcomes.
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Unconventional ways at the collective level
It is of utmost importance that all the stakeholders realize the gravity of the issue with which we are dealing and formulate a framework of policies consisting of targets and unconventional practices directing towards attaining those targets.
Unconventionality lies to a great extent in technological innovations and inventions, especially when we talk about combating environmental degradation at the collective level. New and improved technologies can contribute a huge deal in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases in the following ways:
Technological innovations should be focused on reducing the overall consumption of energy in different sectors of the economy.
They should aim at enabling the devices to use energy more efficiently, thereby decreasing their emission of greenhouse gases.
The new or improved technology should develop machines that function using cleaner fuels.
Carbon Capture and Storage is an emerging technology that came to my mind while thinking about some of the innovative technologies already in place. It separates CO2 from industrial emissions and stores it in underground rock formations.
Unconventional ways at the individual level
There are numerous unconventional practices that an individual can implement in their daily life gradually to contribute their part in countering environmental degradation and reducing our carbon footprint. Some of these include:-
Discard your clothes sustainably
It has been found out that the textile industry is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. So, reuse your clothes as much as you can, and instead of throwing old clothes, try donating them to the needy.
Purchase recycled products
Another way of reducing your carbon footprint is to go for recycled products whenever possible, for instance instead of purchasing new notebooks, go for recycled ones.
Buy local produce
This is an innovative way of doing your part for the environment that many people are not aware of. When we buy locally produced goods, we reduce our carbon footprint by not contributing to the tremendous amount of energy required for the shipping of the products.
Reduce usage of aerosols
Aerosol sprays emit chlorofluorocarbons which are responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. Avoiding their usage and finding some other alternatives would be a sensible decision.
We all know that there is no planet B. So, if we wish to save our environment, which is synonymous with saving life on earth, then we should start pondering and coming up with ingenious ways to do so. Because only then will we be able to succeed. For the crossroads in which we are standing, on one end there are the soaring needs and demands of human beings and on the other end, there is the decaying condition of the earth. In such a tough situation, only the conventional ways will not help us in achieving our goals.
Also Read:-Negative and positive Impact of Covid-19 on our environment. _________________________________________________________________________________ Author- Ramesh Chaurasia A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author, and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well-being and betterment of society