Why everyone of us
must act now to save the Earth ?
Abhinandan Bhardwaj PhD
Humans have been
plundering and polluting this Earth ever since
mankind started using natural resources to make
tools for day to day activities. But in ancient
times we really did not threaten the fragile
earth's environment as much as natural resources
we used at that time were not even 1% of what we
use now and there was no mass production of any
goods using manufacturing industries as we do
what ever we used from nature was easily recycled in the nature,
so it never threatened the Earth's Natural
environment. However, its only since
the industrial revolution that modern man started
plundering the nature as had never seen before.
Rapid industrialization and invention of autos,
airplanes rails, mass electricity generation using
had made matters worse. By doing so we have been pumping
millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the
atmosphere 24 hours a day 7 days a week for more
than a century and half now. All this has
resulted in dangerous buildup of greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere and as a
result we are now experiencing the bad
impacts of continued unchecked pollution in the
form of global warming and
related climatic changes. This has happened to an extent that our
own survival may become impossible in very near
future. We must act and act now both
individually and collectively. Every one of us
has to share this responsibility and make every
effort to save this planet. Everyone needs to do
its bit by making small changes in what ever we do
in our daily life.
What is needed
today in our society is environmental
consciousness, as if we are conscious
about what we do and how everything we do
impacts the environment negatively or positively
we can definitely make some effort by going in
the right direction and doing what ever is right
for the environment.
some points which every one of us can follow:
Start saving the environment right from your home by
following the guidelines discussed below and make a difference. Click
here for more tips
2. Convince your home country governments to sign up and
follow the Kyoto Protocol.
3. Get involved and
spread awareness everywhere - at work, at community
meetings, at church /temple or parties.
Underestimating individual effort is the biggest myth
one can have in saving the environment. We must realize
that we need to start the action at home. Small small
things which we do or don't do at home impact our
environment negatively or positively. If every one in
this world realizes the importance of individual effort
we will be able to dramatically reduce green house gases
in the atmosphere dramatically.
Scientists agree that the burning of fossil fuels is
causing global warming. Since these fuels are burned for
energy, and everyone uses energy, everyone can help stop
global warming just by using less energy.
Every individual shares
responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
We in North America produces over 22 tons of CO2 a year
– nearly 4 times the world average. Present day modern societies
depends on energy produced from fossil fuels, which
represent the largest source of human-caused emissions.
It is useful to understand how certain behaviors and
lifestyle choices can significantly
reduce the green house gases through simple, cost-saving
measures in and around our home.
What you can do at
- Follow Recycle Reduce
Click hereto learn
- Choose energy-efficient
appliances. New appliances use 40 to 45 per cent less
energy than older models.
- Install a
Programmable thermostats will automatically adjust the
heat or air
conditioning and not only save your electricity bill but
save the environment.
- Clean or
replace filters of furnace and air conditioners.
- Take public
transit system, use car pool or bike to work instead of
taking your car to work.
- Minimize Air travel as
much as possible. Always remember Jets releases large
amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which
damages the environment.
- Use energy efficient
bulbs and tubes for lightening the home.
Look for ENERGY STAR
recommended items. Use
compact fluorescent bulb
or CFL bulbs. CFL bulbs consumes 60% less energy than
Insulate your home
properly. Properly insulated home not only help save
your monthly bill but in turn will help save the energy
- Do not waste water or
- Collect and
dispose all domestic garbage in different bags one
for paper, one for glass & cans and for
plastic. Click here to learn about
- If possible switch to
green energy such as wind or solar energy. This might
cost you little in the beginning but will save you a lot
in the long run and you will save environment by doing
so as well.
- Minimize the use of
paper as much as possible at home. Try using e-mail
instead of paper mail. Buy only recycled papers.
- While doing grocery use
cloth reusable bags rather than plastic bags. Minimize
the use of plastic bags as much as possible.
- Where ever you are home,
office, gardening or traveling think about how
your small actions can make a difference in saving
- Teach your kids, your
family members & Friends about the importance of saving
the environment and tell them the tips about how to save
Carbon Neutral: Carbon neutral means reducing
the amount of carbon generated by you or your company
resulting from travel, company travel, heating, lights
or other processes. If you want to know about how to go
carbon Neutral iSaveEarth.org can help you. We
encourages individuals and companies to embrace
“Carbon Neutral” policies.
2. Convince your home
country Governments to sign up for Kyoto Protocol: Read
We need to implement
kyoto protocol in every country if we have to save this
planet from climate change or Global warming. The
biggest drawback of Kyoto protocol was the withdrawal in
2001 of the United States, world’s biggest emitter of
“greenhouse gases”, from the protocol.
This caused great problem to protocol members. But the
other states recovered, renewed their commitment and
have forged ahead with plans to implement the treaty,
without US involvement.
For the protocol to come into force, 55 Parties to the
UNFCCC must ratify it, including the developed countries
whose combined 1990 emissions of carbon dioxide exceed
55 per cent of that group's total.
While the US Government has decided against the Kyoto
treaty, many individual states in America are now
adopting or planning to adopt greenhouse gas reductions
in line with the spirit of the Protocol.
A report, launched by the International Climate
Change Task Force, argues that even a two degree rise
could take the planet past a point of "no return.
Never before has the negative impact of climate change
been more evident than the recent devastating weather
conditions resulting in widespread hurricanes, cyclones,
tropical storms, tidal waves, tsunamis in various parts
of the world, particularly affecting small island
developing states. Small countries are the most
vulnerable to global climate change.
It would appear that at this historic point, when the
Kyoto protocol came into force, there is an emerging
consensus that the world should adopt the following
To keep the rise in average global temperature to a
maximum of 2 degrees centigrade.
This would mean limiting the amount of carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere to a maximum of 400 parts per million.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 60% below
the present levels, in order to achieve the above two
It is obvious from the above that the current Kyoto
protocol is not enough, as it only obliges the developed
country members to cut their gas emissions by 2012 to
around 5 to 10 per cent below their 1990 levels.
Even to meet these inadequate target will be a hard
task. Meanwhile, negotiations under the protocol will
intensify on new commitments for countries beyond 2012.
What needs to be done is
pressure from the public to their respective governments
to adopt and follow the protocol. Public needs to be
aware of the consequences of not following the protocol.
We need to stand up together in one voice and make it
clear to our Governments that they take this threat
seriously and have the political will to follow the
guide lines of this protocol before we reach the point
of no return. There is nothing more powerful in this
world than the informed public, and if public stand
together then no Govt. or country can stand without
listening to what public has to say. So we need to stand
together and get our message across loud and clear that
we need to act and we need to act now.
3. Get involved and spread
awareness everywhere - at work, at community meetings,
at church /temple or parties.
We should never
underestimate power of an individual. We all must think
that we start spreading the message of environmental
problems and start addressing them right from our home,
all these problems will start reducing right away. So
getting involved in this cause whole heartedly is
very important. Once you believe in something firmly
there is nothing stopping you to discuss about it and
educating colleagues, friends and family members where
ever you go or whatever you do. So be bold and discuss
these issues with your friends and family members and
get them involved. As one by one we will grow to
millions and from millions to billions and there is
nothing which billions of people working together cannot
achieve. Get involved and proudly say iSaveEarth every