Each individual on this planet has their own war to wage, despite the obstacles. But it wouldn’t be wrong to assert and recognize the war the planet itself is grappling with.
The planet’s air, water, land, biodiversity, weather conditions, the circulation of ocean currents, the source-carbon sink balance, internal geothermal reactions, seismic constraints, geomagnetism, etc. of the earth.
Humans have recognized these anomalies and are devising better methods to achieve their ends, but they have repeated the same mistakes in other ways as well.
For example, they continue to design tough policies against deforestation, but instead of implementing existing ones, global governments seem to be chasing short-term gains.
Clearing golden forests and then undertaking afforestation measures on the outskirts of towns with bare human habitation is surely not a better approach.
It seems to compromise and subsidize environmental benefits with poor planning and populist rhetoric.
Recognize the enormous pressure on world leaders, both from extremely cautious climate enthusiasts, the population facing disasters and the autonomous social media militia that draws criticism over whatever is at stake.
But does this mean that National Experts and Institutional Holders have to start abandoning the facts and working as the public says, because it is a democracy?
India and sustainability in question:
Sustainability is comparatively a bigger challenge for countries like India, which are teeming with threats to survival from all sides.
The impacts of climate change have had a strong impact on this country and on many others, described as vulnerable and home to a particular habitat, weather conditions and ecosystem.
We must guarantee the availability of the Earth and its natural services to our future generations, if we are to imbue ourselves with a sustainable development for the country.
But we wonder what is it in our terms? For a country striving to be a developed nation, which can endure pain, disease, jobs and livelihood at times.
The world has suffered from the pandemic, but only vulnerable nations close to the tropics have suffered in ways that cannot be imagined. Here, residents walked for miles to a place called home so that they could earn a living for a while.
In some countries, these depended on funds from the West to eradicate hunger, poverty, instill education, suffered from a lack of foreign exchange to feed their dreams.
For us, sustainability is not just about ensuring that sectors encompassing energy, transportation, logistics, retail and even manufacturing emit less carbon emissions.
It’s about keeping lives intact, building resilience to disasters, boosting jobs, development, growth, etc. but under the strict constraints of environmental considerations.
57 percent of India’s farmland tends to face extreme weather conditions with increased frequency and intensity. If we are to believe the IPCC 2021 report
t, it will only increase.
India, amid mounting pressure to comply with these target ambitions, recently announced it would be net zero by 2070.
It will take a lot from India to achieve this goal. All it needs to do for now is empower and protect its people and their livelihoods from the vagaries of nature.
For example, Odisha State, home to a wide range of natural heritage sites, is periodically hit by deadly cyclones, but the government’s effectiveness in moving and rehabilitating those affected could mitigate the impact of such. ravages.
India has worked hard to make the most of its growing population, but it knows that without closing the skills gap, creating human capital and better education, its resource will be wasted.
Looking forward to improvement, India has seen a 95-98% decrease in death cases over the past 15-20 years from cyclones, which is remarkable progress.
Meanwhile, other climatic disasters have increased, a steady and severe decline in heat stress mortality has been observed over the past 5-6 years.
What more can India do?
A few factors are known to help and improve the welfare parameters of countries.
We have been told for years that inequalities and income gaps always creep alongside financial growth, but sustainable and inclusive development ensures greater resilience of societies and communities.
Giving decision-making power to the local administration, that is to say that which serves at the base and integrates it into the dynamics of power, is indeed to mitigate the dangers due to the negligence of superiors, account given greater financial autonomy.
There is not just one factor that affects a society’s change and transition from an energy intrusion to a sustainable one. A range of social, economic and cultural empowerment is needed to uproot the evils we have practiced so far.
Recognizing the same, it is of the utmost importance that a prudent disbursement of money be made for climate change adaptation.
Nothing happens without money, resilience cannot be built on simple ambitions, equity cannot be maintained without incentives for the poor.
It depends on our imagination how to use the funds for a better restoration of the planet and to live for those who inhabit it.
Mitigation was no longer the only option to survive, adaptability is what will be needed based on current conditions.
With the intense impacts of climate change, every soul will have to live alongside disasters. Therefore, it is the responsibility of global governments to put in place systems to monitor these threats.
More data, more monitoring can help reverse larger disasters.
For example, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has evolved to inform us not only of where a cyclone may fall, but also of the wind speed and its likely impact.
Fishermen, during tsunamis and cyclones, receive text messages about impending dangers.
Climate data has been used quickly to create a future picture of the world with the dangers of climate change, but as a matter of hope, we must also envision a world where we can adapt more than being afraid.
Because it can be the best of all possible ways in the middle of a warming planet!