Environment & Ecological Justice
Environment & Ecological Justice
Environment is common to all species on the planet which includes animals, birds, plants, microorganisms apart from humans. However, most humans fail to think of other than human species in their daily activities which leaves severe impact on environment. Governments are formed by the people and someone who takes on the power has to make necessary decision through policies concerned about keeping every aspect in their locality/country which doesn't affect ecosystem. Every country utilises their natural resources for development and progress to become developed countries. This leaves sustainability severely disturbed. "Recycle" is the word to make effective living on planet. Sustainability is about recycling with the Earth not on the Earth. In the name of science and technological progress super elements such as Indium(used in smart phones), Rhenium, Lithium, Neodymium, phosphorous, tungsten are in the scare list which is running out. Anything we take from Earth has to be recycled with Earth serves true definition.
As long as money in our system of life environment loses its value in terms of conservation and we can never revert back. Tipping points are already taking place. Currently, global warming has instigated the other GHG gas CH4 which is 25% stronger than CO2. Siberian region ice is equivalent to U.S size and some researches show it is pumping out. If this continues things would get worse like nuclear fission process. As per Brazilian satellite, Water vapour are not be exhibited by plants even before the fire was set up in Amazon forest in summer. Do we need only solutions such as Carbon Capture, Methane capture? In Carbon tax cycle, government imposes on industries and consumers in turn collects the tax. In these cycle, environment is holding any place to accept our taxes to stay calm to give us time. Plastics are other trouble, government doesn't directly ban companies manufacturing it rather people are asked to stop using it worries me a lot. Few underdeveloped countries have banned but developing and developed countries taking initiatives doesn’t seem quite convincing.
Environment doesn't wait for our actions. Sea level rise and killer heat waves as mentioned by IPCC reports would leave people life in danger. We can never be rich to immigrate every human. In case, we do still we may not be rich to transfer the ecosystem or animals, birds around us will die due to our actions. It’s time to clean our habitable Mother Earth who is in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). We need to hold going to our work and start cleaning without resting at our home by actively cleaning the area or community by disposing the materials. In addition, business keeps promoting consumerism has to be stopped. It is needful not at the cost of losing environment and human health.
People need to remember that due to climate change 80 million jobs would be cut out by 2030. From our human behaviour nothing will change as long as we change to preserve the environment. I remember, David Attenborough advising it is time to control the human population rather controlling the environment. However, we have less time to work on our environment to extend our time on our planet in considering the lives of our next generation. Climate change prediction is becoming tough and we need actions. Already, Phocine distemper virus is attacking sea mammals and by eating them it will affect humans. This is only a small example. Government and people both have to work on this process.
I am concerned about global disaster where our natural resources are running out. People think only about their areas or community which seems to be their world, Scientist may find food made out of air or any other saying it is natural. What would we do if we run out of water or remain drinking with contaminated water? It is evident people around Earth are fighting each other for the resources. In future, it will increase exponentially. Participating with the nature alone is solution for sustainability.
Humans have courts to resolve their issues whereas animals do not have it for ecological justice. We need ecological courts to sort out deforestation, animals hunting, killing and poaching for medicine or research testing. We shouldn’t interfere in verdicts by influencing the court/judge as animals don't indulge in corruption like humans. We call someone who harms common people. On applying it to ecosystem it sounds that humans are Eco-terrorist. I hope governments or organisations have to make climate change study as mandatory in channels and schools to have holistic view on Earth. In addition, everyone should indulge in cleaning their province/district in their country to know what comes to the landfill and oceans by announcing "Cleaning Day". If this is action isn't taken, I find more climate refugees going to occur in future is inevitable as environment doesn't provide time whereas warning through catastrophes. Despite knowing our conditions we remain resilient only option is to make our minds prepared for the consequences we have to face and repercussions. In my perspective, environmental justice paves way for social justice in environmental lens thinking and acting globally. Globalisation should be based on ecology rather through economy. Think globally act for global cause of ecological community as a determined Earthian. Environment is our global language and it is the language of truth.