Carbon emissions are rising due to human activity globally. There is plenty of talk going around about how the future is in danger because the world hasn't learned to curb carbon emissions. At the same time, electric vehicles and solar power plants seem to be part of the effort in tackling global warming. The truth is that the Earth was always warming with human activity. Nowadays, it is just more evident with the growing population and its demands for energy and sustainability. Sustainability though, is far from reach if the effort does not start with each of us. While greenhouse gases are warming the planet beyond normality, pollution is on the rise, leaving mankind with a question to be answered. What is the fate of humanity?
Wildfires, hurricanes and floods are a direct result of climate change. The earth is warming up, taking speedy turns in the climate and causing natural disasters in many regions. With all the latest technologies, it is still that much harder to prevent catastrophe in the face of Natural calamity. This is but an indication that the path we're on is not healthy for the planet or any of us living on it.
Aren't many people already solving global warming?
Many debates, conferences and seminars are conducted in various parts of the world to bring like-minded individuals together and voice the concerns of a rapidly changing global climate. Usually temperate regions are witnessing massive hurricanes while tropical regions revered for their beauty are drowning in floods. Wildfires in California, Australia and the Amazon are major signs that there is need for action against climate change. Global warming and climate change will continue to threaten the world unless each and every stakeholder is aware of their impact on the environment. In this case, each of us are stakeholders to the fate of this planet.
People working tirelessly to develop waste management techniques and weather detection technologies must be saluted for their efforts. There are many volunteers and animal lovers saving animals from the harm that human activity causes. When the number of stray animal increase in cities, the urgency for people to step up and provide comfort to these living beings is pivotal. Humanity has always been an abode of compassion and tolerance. The fact that people are rescuing wild animals in calamity struck regions is a testament to the undying empathy that is the bedrock to sustainability. New forms of technology are used in agriculture that can produce crop efficiency and meet the demands of a rising human population. Many countries have banned plastics to a certain degree, in an attempt to reverse the negative impacts of waste disposal.
Despite the conveniences of today's technology, there remain problems that need to be addressed. Some of them include the suffering among famine struck masses and the degradation of animals that are left to the mercy of God. Industrialization has taken a toll on the health of people and the planet. The wake up call is the wildfires, natural disasters and pollution that we witness everyday.
The people working towards creating awareness are not taken seriously at first sight by a young "millennial." Among young people, full of confidence and the energy to conquer the world, climate change might seem like a mere byproduct of human activity and maybe so. There is still one crucial aspect to consider. The future of humanity lies in our hands today and if human activity is increasing global temperatures by a point or two each year, the children of the future would face terror without any escape. Not to forget the biodiversity that is affected with increased human activity. Energy should no longer be a problem, but a solution.
Most of us aren't scientists or doctors to have an opinion about the latest inventions that could curb carbon emissions. Many of us aren't automobile designer's capable of inventing a zero emission engine. Electricity is a huge demand and when countries form solar alliances, citizens can merely anticipate the best. The fact remains that household waste is still the largest contributor to global warming and climate change.
What is the best I could do for my planet?
Whether urban or rural areas, finding a place to dispose waste is a rising concern. Population density is increasing worldwide and the solution might easily be a waste management company or some form of waste collection. In some places, recycling waste is something that only artists seem to be aware of nowadays. The consumption of plastic is a huge threat to biodiversity as most kinds of plastic are non-biodegradable. This means that dumping waste in landfills and filling up your dustbins with household waste has a severe impact on the environment and future generations. The best each of us could do is to learn how to manage waste.
Waste management is a solution.
One person alone could not solve global warming. However, a household can prevent the accumulation of unnecessary electronic wastes, plastics and chemicals from destroying their surroundings. Finding an efficient mode of waste disposal might be a challenge that will define the fate of humanity and is thus a prime priority. With all the fast changing technology, investing in newer appliances and accessories is inevitable. However, the maintenance and recycling of solid wastes is a smart choice that each of us can make.
Some ways of disposing waste and reducing the impacts of human activity on the environment may include,
Seeking the help of the local municipal corporation
Investing in household management techniques like compost pits and solar panels
Reusing electronics and appliances or even donating it to others
Supporting waste management companies
Recycling household plastics and reducing plastic consumption
Understanding that plastic dependency is a personal choice and not a norm of the 21st century
Encouraging your neighbors and friends to adopt sustainable methods of waste disposal
Engaging with the community to create awareness about household wastes
Devising plans that enable sustainable and efficient waste disposal of different types of wastes
An example of sustainable waste disposal could include selling old newspapers to collectors or paper mills in a nearby vicinity
Avoid creating nuisances by burning plastics and electronic wastes in your communities
Invest in value education where your children are aware of their impact on the environments and the cumulative impact of sustainable waste disposal on the overall well-being of each other
Reduce your dependency on ready-made food and encourage organic produce
Organic produce is not only beneficial for the growth of a place and its economy but a sustainable mode of reducing the negative impacts of large scale production in factories and the livestock industry
Increase dependency on public transportation and maintain your own vehicles well
Lead by an example and do not litter
The bigger picture
Just because a few people adopt cleaner alternatives to food consumption and transportation does not imply that waste disposal is sorted. Every person must take responsibility in being a valuable addition to society. Household wastes and consumption leaves a lasting impression on your communities and the planet. When wars have taken down culturally stronger tribes and deforestation has stripped the planet of its biodiversity, each of us have a voice stronger together. Together, if willing, each of us could create the impact that would result in reduced carbon emissions and sustainable living.
Scientists and environmental activists voice their opinion on a painstaking issue like the welfare of animals and the conservation of forests. One household at a time, it is very much possible to invoke a sense of urgency towards the issue of global warming and climate change. The only solution is to stop worrying and do something. If we can do anything significant to preserve the beauty of this planet, it is to realize the immense value we add to our surroundings. We must care for the animals that walk among us. The least one could do is join in, on the effort of conservationists, politicians and activists by creating awareness of this issue at hand, making our environments cleaner and greener, one small step at a time.