Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's Time that We All Go Green!

Green Living
Green living should become the motto of the present and the future generations. It has become essential for all of us to educate our children about eco-friendly methods so that they learn to respect the environment they are born into. The love and respect for nature has to be inculcated right from childhood. Children of today are adults of tomorrow; hence values instilled today will reap rich dividends in the future. The children who are brought up in a surrounding that is healthy and green would definitely get used to this kind of living. Therefore, when they grow up as citizens they will ensure that they do not do anything that would jeopardize the health of the planet.

There is a need today to develop new technologies which would facilitate green living. New researches are being done to find out new forms of green energy. The oil and coal reserves of our planet are fast depleting owing to massive industrialization. If the rate of consumption remains the same, then soon coal and oil reserves would get exhausted. Therefore, measures are being taken to conserve the remaining resources and find alternative methods of generating energy. Solar energy and tidal energy are some potential sources of energy available. They need to be exploited and expanded in a right way to get maximum output and benefit. The solar energy and tidal energy are renewable sources of energy and are eco-friendly too. As a part of green living, people should be encouraged to use solar power for house lighting. These days, technology is also developed to run vehicles on solar power. Though, this is still in the gestation period, it would be a great alternative to gas and petrol used for running the vehicles.

Awareness programs should be conducted by various ecological departments. People should be educated on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They should be taught to make use of the natural resources reasonably. The effects of irrational use of the natural resources should be explained to the people in detail. People in general have a tendency to misuse and waste fresh water. This has led to scarcity of water. Steps should be taken to curtail this wastage and make people more responsible. Similarly, people also tend to waste electricity by switching on lights unnecessarily. If one extra bulb is lit in every household, then imagine the amount power consumption. This is a national waste and should be avoided.

As inhabitants of this planet we should all work towards developing green living habits. This is both our social as well as moral responsibility.


Green issues
Economic development and industrialization has led to numerous global issues especially pertaining to the environment. The health and future of our environment is at risk owing to the uncontrolled industrialization, urbanization, and deforestation. It may be surprising but thoughtless intensification and expansion of agriculture in some of the third world countries has also added to the ever growing problem of environmental issues. The crux of the problem relating to environment is degradation of natural resources like water, forest, minerals, rocks, and salt. Another point of escalation is the depleting ozone layer and loss of biodiversity.
The world is witnessing a global water crisis. It has been estimated that one in every three persons are having water shortage. There is scarcity of fresh water supply and if water is not used carefully then there is going to be an acute crisis. The underground water supplies are getting exhausted due to excessive boring done all over the world. The consumption of water has to be rationed. New sources of water supply have to be generated. According to the statistics released by the United Nations about 95 percent of the countries are dumping their raw sewage into water. This is not at all a good sign and needs immediate attention.
Another serious environmental issue is global warming. The climate of the world is changing rapidly because of the industrialization. This has become a topic of debate amongst the scientists, researchers, media, and environmentalists. Although, a lot of attention is being paid to towards this issue but the governments of different countries need to make an international agenda and strategy to tackle this situation.
Most of the species on this earth are on the verge of being extinct. It is stated that every 20-25 minutes one animal species is dying out on this planet. If this rate of mortality continues then by the end of this century almost 50 percent of the living species will have disappeared completely. This extinction is going to be one of the sixth major extinctions which took place on Earth. This issue is attributed to loss of habitat, species exploitation, overpopulation, and global warming. Illegal killing of animals for trade has to be checked also.
The challenges faced by the environmentalists are difficult but not impossible. There is still time to restore what has been lost. The green issues have to be dealt seriously both by the governments and non government organizations.

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