Recently a large iceberg (almost one and half times the size of Goa broke off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, triggering renewed concerns over the threat of climate change. The latest scare regarding this is whether we have reached the point of no return from climate change?
Let’s see if things would be different had we considered the concept of sustainability in the industrial age.
With flooding population especially in countries like China and India, a lot of space was needed to be cleared up for their housing. Forests were mercilessly chopped off to make land space and resources from trees that were used in abundance to manufacturing infrastructure. These directly disrupted the wildlife prevailing in the forests, which further leads to extinction and imbalance in ecology. So maybe, it’s time we focus on the core problem of population control as well before pollution and deforestation go beyond fix.
It has been proved that transportation is the second leading source of greenhouse gas emission. So we really needed to curb the side effects of transportation in some way or the other. The odd and even rules have been implemented in different parts of the world and in India. Recently Delhi adopted the same scheme for private vehicles. According to the scheme, the odd number private vehicles would ply only on odd dates and the even number vehicles only on even dates. This definitely did manage to reduce air pollution and encouraged the use of public transports by lowering the use of private vehicles. This was helpful but due to the unwillingness of civilians accepting the scheme, a lot of time was wasted in trying to move the working class closer to the industrial locations. Currently, the odd-even scheme is a huge success in all the parts where it’s implemented and we can just release cold sighs for wasting time on relocation, instead of this genius idea.
Living in a money-driven world for sure led to a lot of industrialization but at the same time, all the natural sites were being completely ignored. There was no place for animals or birds to take shelter anywhere. So they invaded each other’s habitat which is known as species invasion. The native species are driven away by the guest species and at times to completely conquer the habitat they’d kill the native species. The coral reef extinction is a brilliant example of species invasion. Coral reef has gone extinct because the reefs are killed by other organisms because they have no access to their original habitat.
The state of aquatic bodies is shifting from bad to worse every day and the problem is that we only associate industrial waste being released in water bodies as the reason for water pollution. On the contrary, wastes released from households on a daily basis are also as harmful and toxic as industrial wastes. If only the waste disposal system was given priority in urban planning then the present state would not have been so ugly. It’s not just harming the fishes but is also contaminating our water supplies. This has led to an increased number of water induced fatal diseases. A lot of attention is given to change the course of industrial waste however the plight of residential waste is still the same.
Carbon credits are the latest development seen in monetising the conservation of energy and promoting efficient use of carbons and at the same time restricting the harmful emission of carbons. In simple words, carbon credits are a huge incentive to giant corporates to make money out of carbon conservation where the value of 1 tonne of carbon is equal to 1 carbon credit. The system is a credit based system where the carbon emission limit is sold like stocks in a market. A company that has not exhausted its emission limit can sell it to the companies that have exceeded theirs, but they will have to pay for it. This will discourage the unlimited carbon emission and will help in striking a balance in excessive emissions which is a huge step in attempting to fight back climate change.
In recent times, we have seen a surge in developing eco-housing and one of the best examples of this is commune villages in California. Eco housing minimises the emission of greenhouse gases to a great extent. The already running eco housings or communities have been extremely successful in generating their own solar and biogas power. This has led to the management of waste in a closed loop and hence restricting any further addition to the greenhouse gases. This can directly help in reducing the effects of global warming before we reach the point of no return. If only these measures were taken way before we hit the rock bottom of climate change, the aftermath of climate change might not have culminated in frequent natural disasters anywhere.