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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.)

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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