India Wants To Implement Paris Climate Deal. Are You Game?
After nations emitting 55 per cent of greenhouse gases ratified it, the Paris Climate Deal comes into effect today. To mark the occasion, important buildings in the nations that have ratified the pact would flash smilies, saying “we did it”. While this is a proud moment, the crucial details of the pact that aims to address climate change issues by putting in place a global framework is yet to be worked out, which will decide on the success of the global deal that many think may act as a silver bullet to tackle climate issues. The agreement was adopted in December last year, and 94 nations of the 197 participating countries have pledged to deal with the issue.
While experts brainstorm over the various ways in which they can save the planet, let us see what could be our role in doing so? How can we, in our little ways, contribute to meet the target?
- Do you really need, say, three air conditioners and two refrigerators in your home? Apart from the fact that they jack up the electricity bill, they also cause a great deal of harm to the environment. According to a report in the Time magazine: "Emissions from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)— often found in air conditioners and refrigerators — contribute much less to climate change than carbon dioxide when considered in aggregate. But, on a pound-for-pound basis, they are thousand times more potent."
- The number of four-wheelers you own is a reflection of your opulence, you thought. To make your progress more prominent to your neighbours, you keep adding to the number. In fact, every member in your family owns a car. Now, apart from the fact that parking issues are turning out to be a headache, research backed by data shows cars are one of the leading causes of air pollution. According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-governmental organisation, passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks are the main sources of air pollution, which includes ozone, particulate matter, and other smog-forming emissions. "The health risks of air pollution are extremely serious. Poor air quality increases respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis, heightens the risk of life-threatening conditions such as cancer, and burdens our health care system with substantial medical costs. Particulate matter is singlehandedly responsible for up to 30,000 premature deaths each year," says the report.
- An oft-quoted remark is that going to school does not mean that you have attained wisdom. When you see people rolling down their car's windowpanes to litter the city, you are forced to believe it. The good-old saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link applies here, too. By improving our personal habits, we will be able to contribute to climate change in a big way.