We, human beings, always suffered from different types of problems and hurdles from the beginning of human evolution, either by gathering food, surviving from wild animals, etc, in the past. Now time has changed, it’s “Twenty First Century”, the humans are the smartest species on Earth and by our intelligence, we are exploring new worlds in space, building AI, etc, which immensely increase the reach of us. But new time brings new problems, though these inventions made human life easier, also give us a curse of ‘ Waste’.
Nature which give us a chance to live and thrive, now we are destroying it. It is estimated that each year we dump at least 2.2 billion tons of plastic and other solid waste, which immensely imbalance the ecological balance. By dumping waste in ocean it puts aquatic life on high risk, also causing climate change. Due to industrial waste rivers are polluting and green houses gases are also increasing due to this an increase of annual temperature by 0.5-1.5 °C. This will put our future generation in high risk.
To prevent this drastic change in our environment, we have to take proper measure to stop this. We have to take measures at every level, i.e., from an individual to the world.
At personal level, we can grow trees and plants, dump waste properly, use recycling, using cloth and paper bags, by reducing use of plastics, use of waste products to make useful products like using cardboard box to make a pen holder, by using renewable energy by solar panels and wind mills, by proper use of water and electricity, use of non CFC refrigerators, use of biodegradable materials, more use of coolers instead of AC as much as possible. Also instead of use of disposable plastic glasses and plates in parties, wedding anniversary we can use steel tumblers and plates, or we can use banana leaf as used in South India, also to spread awareness among people about waste management and, by creating waste management camps and campaign.
At collective level we should demand the government to make sure proper waste management from industries and proper water management in landfills. And, at the world level all governments should agree on a proper plan to tackle climate change and waste management and achieving collectively yearly goals. “Paris Agreement” is a laudable step. Also, creating awareness in their countries and laying down proper rules and follow-up is also necessary.
We also have to understand that we can make greater results when all people work at their personal level. We also have to know that ‘our water is our responsibility ‘, so that our future generations thrive and cherish.
Also I would like to say in the words of one of the great astrophysicist and author from his famous speech “A Pale Blue Dot” : “It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot (the Earth), the only home we’ve ever known. “