We are well aware of the daily-use commodities that are known to be formed out of processes emitting Green House Gases. Can we replace them with their cleaner alternatives? Maybe not, else we would have done so in all these years.
So, we are now busting this myth that we cannot use cleaner commodities. We surely can, but do we really care about it?
Let me give you few examples. If you are a farmer, and are using conventional farming techniques, would you agree if I request you to follow organic farming instead of bombarding the farm land with Nitrogenous fertilizers? If you are a common city dweller, and I ask you to sell your vehicle and start commuting via public transport or buy an electric vehicle, would you agree? Can we all agree that we will use meat products less often than usual? If you have a habit of wasting resources/commodities, and buying newer instead of recycling, reusing or reducing the excess usage, it’s going to be a difficult time for your children and their children.
Well, who cares anyway. We won’t be here to see any of it. So, why bother!
We have nothing to be so sure about our well-being from the impacts of Climate Change. Let’s move back to the questions and try finding their answers. Organic Farming reduces the demand for industrially produced fertilizer, which is responsible for tons of Carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere. Also, the fertilizers are chemicals, which shoots the levels of Nitrous Oxide (GHG) in the Nitrogen cycle. In case of Organic Farming, the microbes (bacteria) fortifies the nutrients present in the soil, thus making it fit for years of continuous farming (as opposed to use of fertilizers, which strip the land of its nutrients).
Say we are not farmers, what then? Can we modify our lifestyles for the sake of our upcoming generations? Can we reduce the unnecessary travels (as each travel costs burning of fossil fuel, the biggest source of GHG emission in the atmosphere)? Can we limit our consumption patterns so that industries are forced to lower down their productions?
Let us take a few more examples. We are obsessed with latest technologies, and each of these needs sources of energy (fuel), mostly in the form of electricity. We cannot control our urges in this context, as who wants to be left behind in this mad race. Can we create electricity for our consumption through cleaner sources? If you are to choose between a diesel/petrol car and an electric vehicle, you would choose the former because human mind is generally suspicious about anything that’s new or less known. Still, your national/state government is hasting unnecessarily to ply electric public vehicles, so that you won’t blame them later.
It’s the Energy locators who are acting as Gods to our planet, which can be easily demystified with a bottom-up approach. If we don’t run by their rules, how long can this nexus work? By Energy locators, I strictly mean the crude oil extractors, as they are not producing anything, rather sucking some sticky black oil from Earth which we’ve considered our destiny.
Meat and meat products are studied from past decade about their Carbon footprint, and you might be surprised to know that among our daily-use products, meat has the highest share of it. Most of the meat is sourced from dairy animals (ruminants) which are raised mainly for food. These ruminants have a unique ability to produce methane in large scales. So, next time we are seeing mutton/beef on our table, we must be aware of the amount of Carbon that piece has emitted in its lifetime, before reaching to us as food.
Every day, we make a choice. And then, that choice makes us. Hope we’ll learn
In the next article, we will learn what this concept of Minimalism is and how can we adopt it.
Ajay is currently working as consultant at Climate Connect Technologies Limited. He is an M.Sc in Environmental Sciences. An avid practitioner of Eco-friendly lifestyle himself, he likes to advocate same to the masses