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Programme in Development Management

Every Human Can Contribute

Our planet has always been beautiful. The real beauty of our planet comes from life–plants and animals. The planet takes care of all living creatures by itself. The plants are the producers of food, the animals are the consumers, and the cycle goes round. With this natural cycle of consumption and production, everything is peaceful because the elements in this system are organised by nature, which accommodates the needs of every creature. In the past two centuries, human civilization has manipulated the elements of this system. This has been possible with the help of new technology, which promises efficiency and optimum usage of resources. Unfortunately, this has happened at the expense of nature, which has continually been ignored without caring for the needs of our future generations.

Earth’s temperature has been reportedly rising every day and the climate has changed across the globe. While the intellectual societies of the world continue to debate over the cause of this problem, their effects are being experienced all over in instances of disasters and destruction. Clearly, the climate has not changed for the better. It has resulted in loss of many species that have been jeopardised and has rotated the crop seasons. One of the very important assets that has suffered loss is drinking water. The ground water has been widely contaminated by industries and the surface water abounds with contamination due to other human activities. The release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere due to human activity is catalysed by the industries and deforestation. Additionally, polar ice has undergone rapid changes due to melting of ice: freshwater useful for consumption is now converted into saltwater that is not useful for drinking. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, there are 5,773,000 cubic miles of water, glaciers, ice caps, and permanent snow on our planet which are continuously melting owing to the rising global temperatures (Lindell, 2010). Ultimately, this phenomenon leads to the rise in sea levels and subsequent flooding of islands and coastal nations up to 200 feet above sea level (Simmons, n.d.).

To look for evidence of climate change we do not need to browse the internet and libraries or ask an expert. We can find evidence in our garden too. The flowering seasons of many plants have shifted from the normal. In agriculture, climate change has affected the time of germination of seeds and disturbed the ideal temperature required for germination and growth. These subtle changes have caused huge losses to the clueless farmers. An increase in the average temperate of Earth has also adversely affected the survival, yield, and fertility of livestock. The same has maladjusted the breeding cycles of the aquatic animals like fish and crustaceans. As an effect, there has been unemployment and migration from the primary sector to the secondary sector. It has troubled the process of development of the poor people who mostly depend on the primary sector and do not have the skills required for secondary sector.

The malpractices of indiscriminate deforestation, inhumane disposal of waste, and use of the technology to dismantle the elements of nature should be stopped. To achieve this, the governments of all countries have to join on a common platform and agree to take the required measures to their capacity. Furthermore, the corrective action for environmental damage must be done before it becomes irreparable. Let us put a stop to the blame-game and own our share of fault. Every individual can contribute and correct what she or he wronged. Let us take care of our planet and do our share to create a better place to live.

Sandeep Kumar, PDM 11

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8 Responses

  1. Yogesh Bhatt says:

    Sandeep has done a great job in this article and bring many interesting facts that how we as an individual can also participate in global initiative for environment sustainability. it is true that blame game can not solve this problem and every individual either from developed country or developing country should come forward for save our beautiful earth.
    Thanks for your interesting information which you shared with us

    • Ananda Mahto says:

      Climate change adaptation is one of the “buzz” areas in the development sector today. It would be interesting for you to see what information you can gather about problems relating to climate change–and the solutions that people are developing–during your second fieldwork (even if it is not a part of your official study).

  2. Fantabulous article written by Mr Sandeep . YOU have raised very Important issue of life like drinking water ,global warming and deforestation.You have collected some interesting Facts about this. We should take it seriously and this discussion should be start from the grassroots level.At last I would like to say that “YES every human can contribute” and for that awareness must be there .

  3. Yogesh says:

    Ananda you are right, especially in Himalaya region where people are facing many challenges because of climate change , they are following different strategies for confront it. Now the cropping pattern is changing,even temperate plants also changing their behavior. All these points I read for my literature review of second field work. Hope some more traditional techniques I will found during my second field work.

  4. Anurag says:

    sandeep’s article is really good. I thing he rise right question about the issues like drinking water. we all have to think about it.

  5. shanti says:

    Yes, Anurag
    You are right but only thinking is not enough we should take action to save our scare resources.

  6. sujeet says:

    ya,,,sandeep done a very beautiful job with beautiful manner..thank you sandeep for great efforts ….

  7. Sandeep Kumar says:

    Thank you to all the readers
    Only reading and writing article not a permanent solution. We have to do some solid step at individual level. Then we can say Every Human Can Contribute.

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