Published on February 27, 2014
Lets save our EARTH “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children” sang as tribute to protect earth from pollution and depletion of natural resources. If this selfishness of human did not change then we certainly consume future of our next generation. Current rise in the price of crude oil shows the consumption rate of our natural resources. Price of crude
oil goes over 100 USD per barrel for the first time in the history of crude oil. If this is not checked at this time then crude oil will completely exhaust within 35 year and our future generation have to pay for it. Sustainable development means “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs” Pollution and depletion of natural resources are two major factors against the sustainable development on earth. Pollution in all form air, water and land is increasing day by day. It rises many environment problems like global warming, disturbing the ecosystem, acid rain, climatic change, incurable disease etc. which has huge impact on environment and human health. In the beginning of the 21st century the population of the Earth reached 6 billion, and is expected to level out between 10 and 11 billion over the next 50 years which will ultimately put the pressure on natural resources. We need to resolve these issues by individual efforts, volunteering and legislative actions. First steps towards sustainable development are individual efforts. Few ways by which individuals can protect environment are :
● Recycling and reusing of waste products E.g. recycling of water, paper, bottles, glass etc. ● Effectively and wisely use of electricity E.g. switch off appliances when not in use, replacing inefficient appliances etc. ● Using vehicle efficiently can save the energy E.g. turn off vehicle when not in use, carpooling etc. ● Planting a tree ● Using nonrenewable sources of energy such as solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy etc. ● Using bicycle for short journey etc. ● Use of public transport in spite of private vehicle. Volunteering is the next steps towards the sustainable development. Community service program are major factor responsible in local improvement. By giving environment education and launching various environment awareness programs among the teenagers. In this industrialized world, children suffers from various health hazardous diseases like asthma, lead poisoning, cancer
and certain neurological problems etc. children’s are mostly affected than adult because they breathe twice as much air and drink two to seven times as much water relative to their body weight than adult. So as to protect children living in polluted region, several environment awareness programs should launch and student should actively participate in them. Younger generation is effective media to bring the enormous change in attitude of society. Environment education to children is the right step towards the sustainable development. Through environment education we should focus on the strategies for reducing consumption of energy and materials, and greater use of renewable resources should be incorporated in design and construction. More funds can be allotted for environmental related projects and students may be motivated by giving awards and prizes for best social impact environmental projects. The interest among the students may also be enhanced by conducting essay writing competitions. Government agencies can act as catalyst for change regarding the pollution and resource depletion. Main problem with environment pollution policies is corrupted officers, leaders etc., careless behavior of common people though Government spends thousands of crore rupees towards environment protection .Through by simple practices including recycle,
reuse, reduce we can make huge change towards environment. Government should launch more environment policies and should follow them strictly. Role of science and technology in delivering environmental sustainability: International scientific community belief that sustainability can be achieved only with application of technology and science, but progress towards sustainable development depends on attitude of society. Main contribution of technology and science toward the environment protection has been in two areas ● Alerting us toward environment pollution It is through science that we came to know about the depletion of ozone layer through CFC emissions and international society has taken the action such as Montreal protocol to change our life style in such a way that can reduce environment degradation. ● Science and technology offers solution towards the small scale environment pollution such as treating the waste water, use of alternative source of energy etc.
Technology should be reached at par level so as to effectively use non-conventional source of energy such as solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, tidal energy etc. The system should be made in such a way so as to use this sources of energies economically and achievable for the mass. Thus science and technology can help in sustainable development in limited ways and they concerned with treating the effluent not for the cause. Science and Technology cannot help in bringing about the change of attitude. Hence education in moral and ethical philosophy is needed. Environmental study should be made a mandatory part. But we cannot neglect technology and science in this aspect so scientific and technology capability should strengthen by conducting several researches on heath, pollution and environment etc. Thus for the sustainable development effective policies should be implement to reduce the consumption of natural resources and towards the environment pollution. We need moral environment education and also required to respecting its values. It is of critical importance that we should stand together and take responsibility towards sustainable development in the world. The resolution to make a difference and bit of hard work
can make difference in land of our younger generation. -Mudit Sachan
Mudit Sachan. Student at Rgipt rae bareli. Location Kanpur Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India Industry Oil & Energy
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