Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What if others don't care....

I personally believe in certain things which are related with environment and impact of human activities on it. I try to follow certain lifestyle where I try to minimize impact of my behavior on environment, I personally believe that every living thing lives at the cost of other living thing ( vegetarians and vegan people should stop thinking that they don't kill anything to feed themselves, we all do that...:). So our existence it self on this planet is bound to have some impact on this planet whether we like it or not. We all need to consume things to survive, we all generate waste and our consumption and waste generation capacity is increasing day by day. Do we think about this? Do we care? Most of us don't, we think that why should I care if others don't? Whatever will happen to others will happen to me also so why to care?

Whenever possible I share my thoughts with my kids and people around me about this topic. During my discussion I encourage them to reduce their carbon footprint, there are some people who care to listen, some of them care to follow certain things but most don't care...they think if they can afford the luxury then why not to use it? they are perfectly right in their thinking and this whole thing is not at all about whether you can afford to enjoy certain luxuries or not but it's all about whether you care about this planet or not? You can enjoy most of the luxuries and at the same time contribute towards welfare of this planet, showing concern towards our planet doesn't means going back to stone age.

We can practice many small small things in our life which can bring huge change, things like not using elevator for climbing up anything less than 5 floor or not at all while coming down from any building, walk wherever possible or use public transport if possible, try to share a ride or car pool whenever possible, use lights in home more efficiently, etc. If many people follow these things it can save lot of energy, and some of these even have health benefits. Energy (in the form of electricity or fuel) consumption is at its peak on this planet and it's going to increase as more and more people will start using vehicles and big homes because they can afford it. Because of this it becomes even more important to use available energy more responsibly and efficiently. Justifying our own high energy consuming life style by saying that everyone is doing that is not proper thing to do according to me, I know that one person can not create a huge impact or change the things but he/she can definitely can have some impact and that's what my goal is. I know people might laugh at my ways, they might dismiss it as some crazy american fad (just because I reside in US currently), or might even question my understanding of current Indian living standards (as I am away from country for last 9 years) but that's not going to stop me from practicing what I believe (and my stay in US has very little to do with this thinking). I am not talking only about India here but people all over world need to be conscious about tier carbon foot print. In US also there is huge wastage of energy, people all over world need to analyze their use of energy and try to bring necessary changes. India has huge population so if people here care for energy and manage its consumption I believe that its impact will be huge. We call our planet 'Mother Earth' and we show so little concern about her health and welfare. Everyone is concerned about their own biological mother and her health and do whatever is necessary to take care of her. Our mother earth has so many kids but unfortunately very few care about her and most of her kids think that it's not their responsibility, poor mother earth even after having so many kids, providing them almost every necessary thing is facing abuse at the hands of her own kids.

I know that it's not that easy but as per my experience it's not that difficult. It's little inconvenient to travel in crowded city buses and trains but things are much better than they were 10 years ago. I traveled in PMT (city transit bus in Pune) bus few days back and it was not that bad, at least it was better than experience of driving a four wheeler on crowded roads in Pune. Water wastage is another issue which bothers me, administrators in India just don't want to accept that we need better water management system, we face same problems repeatedly, water cuts every year in Pune but refuse to learn any lesson from them, now at least some people are thinking about rain water harvesting and other options to conserve some water which is a welcome sign but in general there is no general awareness about this issue. Traffic on roads is horrible, every one complains about it but no one is willing to set an example (and again same explanation that no one cares then why should I?). Honking has become habit of Indian drivers, there is hardly a minute passes by where you won't hear honking on road. I just don't understand that why people need to honk so much (unless they believe others are driving in their sleep and they need to honk to wake them up)....yesterday I rode our bike for the (first time on this India visit) and didn't felt the need to honk even once, I don't think people understand how to use vehicle horn properly here, I wish they know and care about the noise pollution which is caused by this unnecessary use of vehicle horn.

My aim is not to list the problems which I see around me  and complain about them, problems can definitely be solved but I want to question the attitude, if others don't care why should I? We don't ask this question while buying a car, if someone is buying fuel efficient car then why shouldn't I? We don't ask similar question when some one is doing some philanthropic work, I can list many more instances like this, under most of these situations people do whatever they want to do, they don't follow others but whenever it comes to follow the rules, care about environment everyone want others to start first, there no one asks the question why shouldn't I? I think we need to ask this question and ask it very honestly. I am sure even if others don't care many of us do care and we need to show that in our actions. Let's show that we do care.

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

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1 comment:

  1. There has to be 'personal will' and 'sincerity on application'..There is a lot of awareness in "Oxford of the East" but no implementation and seriousness.We defeat ourselves ironically!