Why it is absolutely imperative to make changes to our current lifestyles
The reason is simple.
We have exhausted all options and the only way out is, to shape up or ship out.
Dramatic as it might sound, we are in danger of wiping ourselves out from the face of the earth, if something is not done about environmental degradation.
Most of the recent flooding, forest fires, and landslides can be attributed directly to unbridled human activity.
The recent Chennai floods is a case in point. The devastating loss to life and property is mind-numbing.
Danger signals: Melting ice
The Greenland ice sheet is susceptible to climate change and melting of the entire sheet would result in a rise in global sea levels by as much as 24 ft.
If unchecked, it is feared that the ice sheet would eventually breach a threshold, resulting in long-term melting of the ice sheet.
Needless to say, a rise in sea level of such proportions would submerge most coastal cities in the world.
India with its huge population and a vast coastline has much to worry about.
What is currently being done
Unfortunately, not as much as one would have hoped for.
The greatest gains so far have been, a greater awareness among common people, a grudging acknowledgement from governments, and a reasonable muting of otherwise vociferous lobbyists and vested interests.
At the UN Climate Change Conference held recently in Paris, the members agreed to reduce their carbon output ‘as soon as possible’ and to do their best to keep global warming ‘to well below 2 degrees C.’
What we can do as stakeholders
Clearly, the proposed action plan of the conference is couched in jargon and legalese, and even the most optimistic among us is aware that it would be unrealistic to expect dramatic action from the members as it has far-reaching economic and social implications.
Fortunately, there is growing group of people who are spreading awareness about climate change and its consequences.
People have finally started to sit up and take notice.
But most of them do not know what they can do to help the cause.
At a very basic level, you can do the following:
- Start carpooling and encourage others to do the same.
- Walk or cycle to short distances and use public transport whenever possible.
- Dispose off plastic and e-waste responsibly.
- Switch off electrical appliances when not in use.
- Explore ways to harness renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.
Sustainable Development & ZED
Biodiversity Conservation India Limited (BCIL) are the pioneers in the field of sustainable development whose eco-friendly approach promotes self-sufficiency in energy needs and waste management.
BCIL’s ZED habitats offers homes and villas based on Zero Energy Development (ZED) model at various habitats located in attractive locations in Bengaluru, Chennai, Mysuru, and Coorg.