“When you get up above it, what you see is, it’s actually incredibly thin. It’s this tiny, little fragile thing, and as we move about the planet, we’re damaging it. That’s very profound — it’s one thing to recognize that intellectually. It’s another thing to actually see with your eyes how fragile it really is,” observed Jeff Bezos, the richest man on Planet, with amazement and bewilderment after return from space.
In usual everyday life, we handle fragile stuff with care. But why aren’t we taking care of the most fragile and the rarest thing for us, the earth? Eight billion people on our planet are simply not sustainable. In the last 100 years, we burgeoned from 1.75 to almost 8 billion. A world with 10 billion people is on the horizon as soon as 2050. It’s not going to be easy to convince the world to have fewer babies but unless we do we are doomed. Population planning was a popular notion in the 60s and 70s but you never hear about it now.
Reciprocally, the more population we have, the more economic growth we need, the more greenhouse gas emissions we have. Now there are a few who refute the notion that there’s a necessary link between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions. Economic growth and energy and thus GHG emissions are intimately linked. There is some flex in the proportionate relationship, but the relationship has never been broken.
Ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions are engendering a dire irreversible impact on the environment and health. For the readers to easily understand the health hazards imposed by GHG emissions: if you sit in your car long enough with the engine running in the garage you will die. Where do climate deniers think all these toxic poisons go when literally millions of factories and automobiles emit nearly 40 billion metric tons of global emissions annually that have staggeringly doubled in the past 50 years? Do people who live on the side of traffic-jammed streets believe they are safe from the cloud of fumes emitted every hour of every day along, say, the Mall Road in Lahore?.
The climate change occasioned by global warming is evermore evident now with intense unprecedented heatwaves causing wildfires around the globe, with torrential rains and floods, and with drought in many countries. Human tribulation is enormous with thousands of lives lost, homelessness, and infrastructure worth billions of dollars destroyed. An iceberg almost the size of Greater London has split off from Antarctica, near a British Antarctic Survey station. Global warming is the usual suspect.
How can we slow down or reverse global warming? The only solution is to move to Clean Energy as soon as possible. Clean energy is the energy that is produced through methods that do not release greenhouse gases or any other pollutants. Clean energy can be generated from renewable sources like solar and air currents. The benefits of clean energy are that it reduces our reliance on Fossil Fuels and can mitigate Climate Change.
Moreover, imposing a global moratorium on deforestation, curbing illegal timbering, and discouraging the industrial and domestic use of timber coupled with massive worldwide tree plantation initiatives can be highly conducive to slowing down global warming. Pakistan’s globally meritorious and popular ten billion tree tsunami initiative is a good example given this. Pakistan is one of the hardest-hit countries by global warming losing nearly 30 percent of its glaciers already.
In a nutshell, Global climate change is real. The struggle in my observation, should not be to place blame on each other by the US, Europe, and the third world, but to take serious collective actions and initiatives like curbing population growth, massive tree plantation, and resorting quickly to clean energy solutions.
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