Ahe dense smog blankets cities, it is clear that humans have been guilty of atrocious behavior towards nature.
Our response to concerns about climate change has been inadequate by focusing only on tree plantings and conservation, although these are necessary.
On the one hand, there is a lack of policy at the state level, on the other hand, civic responsibility for sustainability and climate conservation is lacking. The state must be the entity that leads a meaningful change. However, leaving full responsibility to the state is unwise, as a policy rarely succeeds without public commitment and ownership.
In addition, the familiar and temperate climate is a common good. This fact places the responsibility on our shoulders as well. We have to save what we can for fear of seeing more unhealthy forest fires devastating temperatures and hurricanes.
Let’s first see what states and governments can do to improve their climate response.
First, states can improve the public transport system. Efficient public transport makes citizens less likely to use private transport to get around. This includes improving the quality of travel by improving the number of seats, comfort and cleanliness, and keeping prices reasonable. Pink buses, reserved for women, can also offer safe gender independence for commuting.
States can also borrow climate policies abroad. They can stipulate a minimum “green” standard that every vehicle must meet to be sold in the market. These standards can be set in accordance with benchmarks established by international organizations such as those of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Environmental Management Group and the Clean Fuels and Vehicles Partnership (PCFV) program. ). This is forcing auto industries around the world to reduce air pollution resulting from the operation of their vehicles.
In addition, it was suggested that the government should tightly regulate car rental programs, for imported vehicles as well as for local vehicles. An increased number of automobiles on city roads not only causes noise pollution, but also drastically degrades air quality. Instead of easing tariffs to make it easier to buy fossil-fueled cars, the government should encourage its citizens to invest in electric vehicles, hybrid automobiles, and environmentally friendly transportation.
Administratively, a state can strengthen local communities and enable them to take charge of themselves and implement reforms within their jurisdictions. Adequacy makes regulation by local institutions effective and evidence-based. It can also reduce the administrative burden on the state. The Ministry of Climate Change can deal with larger issues, such as setting a responsive political agenda and leaving implementation to local governments. Local governments can achieve their goals by inducing environmentally friendly farming practices, setting up green industries, large tree plantations and creating conservatories and promoting green tourism. Local governments can also be used for ideation and data delivery purposes.
That covers about half of the big picture.
We, the citizens, must rethink our paths for greater sustainability. It might not give immediate results, but will be worth it in the future.
First, let’s be resource efficient. We must be mindful of our exploitation of scarce resources. Most of us waste a lot of water by cooking, bathing, bathing, and even brushing our teeth. The tap continues to run unnecessarily. Most of us are also guilty of taking cars to places where we can easily walk.
We must also put an end to plastic culture. The government has banned plastic bags in some parts of the country, but our groceries are often packaged in plastic bags. Our clothes and our food too. Why not go back to the old practice of carrying a bag of groceries? We can also play a significant role by promoting the use of environmentally friendly or recycled products instead of those which might be slightly cheaper.
Schools can facilitate assistance by including compulsory environmental awareness courses in the curriculum. This should equip students with basic skills and knowledge.
All companies must have a meaningful corporate social responsibility (CSR) program where the environment is a top priority. This can be conceived of as a necessary survival strategy that needs to be rationalized as it takes root in our sociological consciousness.
We need to control the growth of our population. The population has a direct impact on the equitable distribution of resources. The higher the population, the more scarce resources. It is up to us to normalize the institution of family planning and to be more consciously responsible as more individuals add to the constraints of the household and have a significant ripple cost on society and the climate.
Idowu Koyenikan once said, “When you do things in the present that you can see, you shape the future that you have not yet seen. “
The least we can do is act responsibly.
The author is affiliated with the Center for Governance and Policy at Information Technology University, Lahore