In the contemporary landscape, a looming and formidable issue has taken centre stage – climate change. While the discourse around this subject was limited some years ago, it now permeates every corner of our lives. It serves as a warning, urging us to swiftly alter our perspectives. The consequences of climate change are dire, and if nations, particularly the Western ones, fail to take concrete measures, we all stand to suffer.
The advent of the Industrial Revolution unleashed the power of climate change. Industries proliferated, driven by the allure of capital, leading to reckless exploitation akin to highway robbery. Wherever this unchecked pursuit of profit extended, it wreaked havoc. The impact manifested in environmental pollution, with a surge in global temperatures and a disturbing disruption of ecological balance.
It is a fact that the core of life lies in the oceans. Photosynthesis, a vital process, primarily occurs in water, making it essential for sustaining life. However, post the Industrial Revolution, marine life suffered contamination. The repercussions have cascaded onto terrestrial beings, as we are intricately connected through the food chain. Any disruption in this delicate balance poses a threat to all.
As the saying goes, “Where there was once sunlight, now there is frost.” Land that was once lush and vibrant has transformed into arid wastelands. Water, once considered the elixir of life, has turned toxic. Similarly, the pure air that brought solace is now polluted. Forests are receding, deserts expanding, and diseases are on the rise. The number of pandemics has quadrupled.
Glaciers are melting, giving rise to hidden pathogens that pose a grave risk. If the ice of Antarctica were to melt, the entire world would be in jeopardy. The water released would converse with the waves of the ocean, communicating with the sky. Additionally, this century has witnessed the hottest years on record. This surge in temperature is a testament to worsening conditions. Many rivers have either dried up or are in the throes of devastating floods. Rain either does not fall or persists for years, disrupting life across every sector.
It is imperative that we address this issue promptly. Delay, even for a moment, can be costly. Everyone must play their part, from the government to experts. A fund must be established with the singular aim of providing a sustainable and effective solution to climate change. Bickering and blame games will yield no results. We must avoid needless environmental degradation.
Schools should provide environmental education to keep young minds sensitized to environmental issues from an early age. They should be encouraged to actively participate in environmental preservation. We should consider ourselves stewards of the environment, cherishing and protecting it. A heightened awareness should be cultivated, and foresight for the coming generations should be a priority.
Western nations, in particular, must introspect more deeply. They have largely contributed to the devastation. According to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, they bear more significant burdens. The extensive use of non-conventional resources, such as fuels from plants, can liberate us from the shackles of fossil fuels. The chant of sustainable agriculture should become a common refrain. Cultivate crops that are environmentally friendly. It’s better to act late than never. The time to act is now.