Opinion: Healing The Ecosystem With Sustainability

Opinion: Healing The Ecosystem With Sustainability

World Environment Day 2021: The positive changes observed in the environment will be short-lived if we don’t take adequate measures for long-term benefits and sustainable environmental management, writes Bikrant Tiwary
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Opinion: Healing The Ecosystem With SustainabilityWorld Environment Day: It is important to make certain behavioral changes in our daily lives to walk on the path of environmental restoration and sustainability: Bikrant Tiwary

New Delhi: Clear skies, dwindling traffic, clean air, improved natural habitats-the aftermath of the lockdown was just sinking in when we found ourselves grappling with sudden and new environmental disasters. The Similipal forest fire, Uttarakhand landslide, outbreaks of the locust attack, and cyclones and floods in different parts of India reminded us that we have ‘miles to go before we sleep.’ Even though the lockdown has enhanced our environmental health to a significant extent, we can’t overlook the negative consequences of the pandemic on our environment. Increased medical waste, slapdash usage and disposal of masks, disinfectants and gloves, and untreated waste continue to pose a threat to the environment and human health.

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While we are trying to conquer the battle with the novel coronavirus, it is safe to say that the pandemic elicited a unanimous response and united us to win against the despair of this unprecedented time. The positive changes observed in the environment will be short-lived if we don’t take adequate measures for long-term benefits and sustainable environmental management.

As we stand united to fight this pandemic, it is important to bring out the same response for environmental restoration. World Environment Day 2021 also calls to restore the ecosystem to heal the planet. It is certain that human activity and travel cannot be halted endlessly; we need to devise measures that enable us to co-exist with the environment in harmony.

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Advancement and industrialisation are crucial for economic growth, however, it is important to integrate our businesses and operations with sustainability. Switching to less-energy intensive industries, use of cleaner and less harmful fuels and energy-efficient policies can help us pave the way for a greener and sustainable future. It’s time that industries put considerable thought into reduced waste generation, hygienic working conditions, and recycling methods to do their bit for the environment and human well-being.

Opting for green and public transport is also another way to reduce our emissions. Small actions can amount to bigger changes for the environment. So, the next time you have to travel a short distance, hop on your bicycle, use public transport instead of your private vehicles or just walk to your destination.

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The pandemic has significantly reduced the global demand for energy, however, the case will not be the same as work and travel resume. In order to meet the daily needs while being cognizant of environmental pollution, the use of renewable energy like solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal heat, and biomass can help us in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing our waste production and proper management of waste is another crucial area we need to work on. Both industrial and municipal waste should be treated properly before discharge. Composting at home, reusing old containers, bags and bottles, using sustainable materials and products, and recycling things are simple and easy ways to step up for the environment and inspire others to do the same.

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In addition to this, it is also important to make certain behavioral changes in our daily lives to walk on the path of environmental restoration and sustainability. In order to reduce our carbon footprint and global carbon emissions, we have to make conscious efforts to optimize our resources, opt for locally-grown food or grow some herbs in our balconies or garden, make compost from food waste, switch off devices when not in use, and follow a plant-based diet more often. These changes can also help us inch closer to our Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The pandemic and other natural disasters have affected human lives and the global economy which is also having an impact on our environment and climate. This time has reminded us of how we have been oblivious to environmental degradation and induced climate change. As this pandemic has taught us to work together, we need to invest our time and effort in sustainable, consistent and efficient restorative measures to strengthen our environmental health and save ourselves from the ghastly effects of climate change.

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(Bikrant Tiwary is the CEO of Grow-Trees.com, a social enterprise.)

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

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