Climate Change : Educating the Future Generations

Is climate change a real phenomenon?

Mother Earth, after billions of years of existence, is facing a do-or-die situation. Her future has never been under greater threat, than it is now.

Just take a look around you -  floods in europe, landslides in South America, droughts in North America, and bushfires in Australia are now far more frequent than they used to.

Closer home, some parts of India are facing acute water scarcity, while others are ravaged by floods - the most recent being the Chennai Floods of 2015.

Climate change is real and not a figment of imagination of scientists and environmentalists. Let us accept that unbridled human activity and penchant for extravagant lifestyles has led to rising global temperatures, damage to the ozone layer and unpredictability of seasons.

The disappearance of the sparrow, a common presence in our midst until a few years ago, can be directly attributed to climate change, triggered by destructive effects of increased human activity. 

The Chennai floods - and the Mumbai floods before that - were a direct result of human callousness. Acquiring of natural water bodies like tanks for building activity, clogging of storm water drains with plastic bags, and displaying scant regard for environment protection were just a few of the factors that forced nature’s hand, resulting in widespread devastation.

Thanks to sustained effort from a few dedicated individuals and organizations, there is greater awareness about climate change.

However, it is the young people who have the highest stakes in keeping our planet in good health. Our youth are energetic, aware, and proactive in their outlook. They realize individual measures, no matter how small, can create a great impact. The idea is to supplement the efforts of government with our own.

Our youngsters can go a step further, and with help from their parents, can implement the following basic measures at home, that could result in smaller carbon footprints (the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community.) for their household:

      Use of LED lights which consume less energy than conventional lights.
      Switching off electrical equipments like fan and lights when not in use.
      Exploration of the options for rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling.
      Use of natural light and ventilation.
      Use of plumbing solutions that help reduce water wastage.
      Use of solar energy to light up homes and to cook food (Solar Cooker).
      Use of kitchen waste to grow vegetables at home.
      Use of public transport system, and carpooling to help reduce pollution.
      Disposal of waste (dry, wet, and e-waste) responsibly.

Children are in great position to spread the green message around and the cumulative efforts of the majority of the population can make a great difference.

Remember, no environmentally friendly action is insignificant.

We have only one planet to live in and ensuring good health of our planet is a collective responsibility of the present and future generations.