News By/Courtesy: Nirbha Dhawan | 01 Sep 2020 18:06pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This pandemic is God's way of punishing us for all the damage that we have done to the environment.
  • USA has stepped down from the Paris Agreement, making the situation more worse.
  • Unlocking and environmental protection should go hand in hand.

It is evident that this world of our's is putting a ton of time and effort to save our mother earth, but as astounding as it sounds, it has been on its beam ends. You'd be lying if you tell me your parents did not even once say that we have been condemned to eternal damnation because of what we have done, referring to this pandemic situation.

We all believe it is God's way of penalizing for damaging the place that was given to us to live! But are we really to blame another and not ourselves, indeed, to cause the ruin. The world economy has knocked back because of the present situation. The earlier world had its abridged attention towards environmental protection. As everything is closed now and we are on our edge to go into recession once again, countries are now in a desperate attempt to save their livelihood and rebuild themselves. To achieve this, they are even willing to stoop down environmental protection standards. The coronavirus report and answer to this shall be negative. The issue of environmental degradation has sustained for a long and such prolonged matter cannot be neglected for such a bizarre situation. Lockdown due to COVID-19 was overbearing for everyone, but now we see Strategies for unlocking. But will it be fair if we open our economy on the stake of our environment? Well, we guess this is what has been happening for so long. We could be blaming this pandemic for our Environment Degradation and who thought it could be vice versa. Did anyone ever think if this environmental degradation or climate change could also be an upshot for this pandemic? Such deadly viruses are transferred from animals, domestic or wildlife, into humans. Climate change, degradation, illegal wildlife trade, in essence, any mishap with the surroundings can bring more such pandemic or epidemic in front of us. History has been long to prove what is said above. And this might hit the bell of sustainable development, which one cannot adjourn in the current situation. Unlocking and environmental protection need simultaneous attention. Recently there was a replacement of the Kyoto Protocol by the Paris agreement. Paris agreement strives to limit the rise in global warming by asking the parties to the agreement to outline their National determined contribution towards climate change. The rich countries will aid the poorer ones to comply with the terms and to help them reduce their greenhouse emissions. Recently, the USA, the country that has always been the main contributor to environmental damage, has stepped down from being a party to the same.  Why go that far? Our country has scored below average score on all parameters of the environmental performance index this year. Does our nation hold the authority to keep the economy on Upper Hand than the environment? In 2014 we aimed a 2030 climate and energy framework to include policies starting from 2021 to 2030. Due to this pandemic situation, we already have been lagging. Therefore, we should be keen to stick to our 2030 climate goals.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 02 Sep 2020 10:21am IST


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