The generation that destroys the environment is not the generation that pays the price. That is the problem.Wangari Maathai
We all dream of saving the world from deadly aliens and monsters at least once in our life. If you’re anything like me then it’s probably an annual dream whenever we are reminded about the catastrophic events occurring all over the world every year.
The one giant deadly monster that we need to destroy and save our planet from is CLIMATE CHANGE. The problem of climate change is clear and evident to all of us. The constant rise in atmospheric temperature, increasing rate of deforestation, outburst of viruses, crop failures, increase in seawater levels, decrease in ground water table, disappearing of large numbers of birds and many more. It’s an endless list.
Thanks to us that we have created a world full of advancements at the cost of our planet. It is a matter of debate, protests, and social media campaigns every year and it takes no time for people to forget them and return to their routine lives.
The problem of climate change is undoubtedly unavoidable and it is pretty serious.
So how can we really save the world from the catastrophic disasters taking place due to climate change?
If you ask anyone the same question the first thing that will pop into their minds is, “PLANT MORE TREES”. YES, we definitely should plant as many trees as possible but do we know how do trees really help?
Planting more trees.
As we all know trees provide oxygen to all the life that exist on this planet and also absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But do we know how much oxygen does a tree produce?
Firstly we must understand that the amount of oxygen produced by a tree depends on various factors such as the age of the tree, the species of tree, and the surrounding conditions. On average a 100ft tall tree with 18” diameter can produce 2721.554 kg of oxygen per year which can roughly support 10 lives per year.
A single tree absorbs carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings. But we must also remember that trees themselves absorbs some portion, roughly half of the oxygen they produced for its own processes and release carbon dioxide during night time where there is no sunlight available for photosynthesis.
As it is popularly known that Amazon rain-forest is the earth’s largest biodiversity. The contribution of the Amazon rain -forest to keeping the earth’s atmosphere cool is immense. Similarly the number of trees we plant the more it will be helpful in keeping the atmosphere cooler.
But is that it? Is growing more trees the only way we can save our planet? Yes to a certain extent but not entirely.Read More
Pollution by Materials
We contribute in several ways in increasing the atmospheric temperature of the earth. For example, according to reports of national geographic, all human made materials is now equal weight of all life on earth.
One of the major construction materials is concrete. Concrete is responsible for emitting large amount of heat into the atmosphere due to the exothermic reaction.
There should be advancements and alternatives available for construction to curb this problem up to some extent.
Pollution due to vehicles
The other major reason adding to the atmospheric temperature is the smoke and heat released from the vehicles. As of 2019, the total number of vehicles stood at 295.08 million. Around 60% of the Indian population prefers traveling by road which adds the number of vehicles running on the road and that ultimately results the atmospheric pollution.
There is a way to curb the increasing number of vehicles on road by encouraging the use of public transport. As per reports it is proved that the usage of public transportation system is proved to be helpful in producing lesser pollution or more Eco friendly. But cars are believed to be more comfortable as compared to much public transport. As of 2020, there are close to 300 million cars alone on roads of India.
To solve this, people up to the age of 25 should be encouraged to use public transport as much as possible instead of private vehicles.
Thus advancements must be made in public transport system adding to its comfort and affordability. However difficult it may seem but it is really important to maintain the temperature of the earth.
There should be global tree plantation campaigns with a set target which should be accomplished at any cost. Planting as many trees will help maintain the atmospheric temperature to a great extent.
Despite that, the use of fuel driven vehicles should be minimized and instead one should lean more towards using an electrically operated vehicles that are getting pretty popular these days, cars especially.
It is a joint effort that can bring the desired change necessary for the planet.