Living in a world where there is no guarantee of a safe tomorrow, where every breath we take is toxic and every morsel of food we eat is filled with pesticide, protecting and saving mother earth should top our to-do list. But sadly, this is the least of our concerns. We are at the tipping point, on the verge when we cannot go back and rectify our mistakes and if we delay any further, it’s going to be too late. There are questions we need to ask ourselves and the governments from time to time: Are our governments doing enough to protect our green? Are they pitching in enough money to save our environment? And if they are, is all the money put to its rightful use? Better coordination between governments and proper funding is required to address this issue effectively.
The Rio+20 UN Summit on Sustainable Development which took place in Brazil in 2012, a prototype of unsuccessful collaboration between governments of different countries was very unsuccessful in its objective of sustainable development. is one of the many examples of the inability of different nations to decide on an agenda for Sustainable Development. The final conclusion negotiated “The Future We Want”, comprised of paragraphs of declarations and affirmations, was in fact just a plea for a better environment. Kumi Naidu, the executive director of Greenpeace International, stated that the conference was “A failure of epic proportions” and further added that the statement itself was “the longest suicide notes in history.
The world is not any better than what it was a few centuries ago. The list of endangered species is ever growing and major environmental issues like global warming are melting off the ice caps, due to which in a few years, all low lying coastal cities will get submerged. This is a pressing concern because this will lead to soil erosion, increase in salinity of fresh water sources and many other dire consequences. An increasing number of animals are on the brink of extinction and scientists believe that we may be entering the sixth great extinction event. The last great extinction event which took place 65 million years ago, wiped out dinosaurs from the surface of the earth. Who knows if we are next in line?
The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (2009) is yet another example that adds to the legacy of unsuccessful environmental conferences. This conference ended in failure and recrimination. Its purpose was to discuss and effectively combat the issue of ‘rising temperatures’. 45,000 travelled, in the...