The environment surrounds us and sustains us, as beings of this planet we have been dependent on each and every resource the environment offers us from day one, most of us look at it as a boon but we might have just become too independent and have taken these resources for granted and unknowingly some of us are completely misusing them, some of the resources available to us like fossil fuels are non-renewable and exhaustive in nature which cannot be replenished. We have been taught to follow the three Rs that is reduce, recycle and reuse but still lag behind, the notion of sustainable development has been highlighted on numerous occasions still we are unable to follow it diligently. Has Coronvirus been a bane on mankind? Eventually it was us humans who had to lock ourselves at home and let nature plays its natural role.
Has our lifestyle and use of non-biodegradable material paved way for a new geological age? Based on a dynamic study it has been found that for the first time in history human made objects would outweigh living things on Earth for the first time. Scientists stated that the combined weight of concrete, plastic, bricks and other materials would outweigh all animals and plants on Earth. Scientists also stated that we have entered a new geological age known as Anthropocene, the impact which mankind will have on sediments and rocks will be visible to people millions of years into the future. Dr. Ron Milo who was the lead in the research team of this study stated ‘ It is a reason for all of us to ponder our role, how much consumption we do and how can we try to get a better balance between the living world and humanity.
A shocking incident in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh shook the whole country, around five hundred people were hospitalised after they faced bouts of anxiety, epilepsy attacks, nausea and headache. According to reports this was due to the presence of lead and nickel in water, the water after being tested was showing presence of pesticides. Bellaru lake in Karnataka had become a pool of toxic froth due to industrial pollution. Incidents like these are a wakeup call for the whole country, Incidents like these have popped up on many occasions and are an alarm for us to finally take some action, According to a survey many Indian states came out with a strict rule of saying no to plastic bags and plastic containers, they initially penalised the law breakers but after a few months passed things started becoming the way they were, shopkeepers started using polythene bags and even consumers have switched over to storing many items in plastic bags, household plastic use has increased during the lockdown period.
People living near industries have been victims of numerous diseases due to the inhalation of deadly gases from the industries and due to the release of industrial waste in water bodies, till date in many villages of India people still wash their clothes and utensils, they wash their animals in the same water and also bathe in it, industrial waste releases in such water bodies which are used by people for various purposes to a great extent is not only harmful for the people but also the environment.
Many organisation have created waterproof straws out of paper and chickpeas as a substitute for plastic straws. In USA fuel has been obtained out of corn kernels which is renewable and ecofriendly. In the year 2015 roads made out of plastic waste were built, Padma Sri Rajagopalan Vasudevan who is a professor at Madurai’s Thiagarajar College of Engineering paved they way for this method, It adheres to three Rs and also is a sustainable option. In Andhra Pradesh people have started making road out of used plastic and cans,
In the end it’s us humans who will eventually be bearing the brunt of our decisions. The simple of notion of give and take is truly the way of the world. We as humans who are bearing the horrifying repercussions of a sustainable approach along with vigorous implementation of the new changes is a necessity, We have come up with numerous scheme, laws and summits in order to put an end to climate change and the catastrophe it has on us. Even though we have started taking up drastic decisions and have made many changes in our lifestyle, will this fulfill the need of the hour?