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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

Opinion: Healing The Ecosystem With Sustainability

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.)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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World

26,10,35,501Cases
22,18,42,204Active
3,39,98,278Recovered
51,95,019Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,10,35,501 and 51,95,019 have died; 22,18,42,204 are active cases and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 3:39 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

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