I am writing this in June 2023, and I do not know how many more years are left for our planet.
Seven of eight earth system boundaries (ESBs) that are critical for stability of the planet’s health and survival of species have already been crossed, a new research paper by the Earth Commission published in Nature journal flagged on Wednesday, suggesting that the very future of humanity may now be at risk from the climate crisis.
The world has already passed the safe and just climate boundary, which is set at 1 degree C above pre industrial temperature levels, as tens of millions of people are already harmed by the current level of climate change
Transgression of ESBs is spatially widespread, with two or more ESBs already transgressed for 52% of the world’s land surface, affecting 86% of the global population, the paper said. India, along with other parts of South Asia, Europe, parts of Africa is a ESB transgression hotspot according to a map provided by researchers with the Himalayan foothills experiencing at least five ESB transgressions, the analysis indicated.
Prayer and action are both vital. If you wish to be a part of the change, here are some tips:
Here are two simple tips to reduce use of non-renewable energy:
Walk instead of drive:
On average, a car emits around 2.3 kilograms of CO2 per liter of gasoline consumed. Let’s assume the car being driven for 30 kilometers per day has a fuel efficiency of 10 kilometers per liter. That would result in consuming 3 liters of gasoline for the 30-kilometer trip. Multiplying this by the average carbon emissions per liter (2.3 kg CO2) gives an estimate of 6.9 kilograms of CO2 emitted per day for driving.
Walking, on the other hand, produces negligible direct carbon emissions. Therefore, by choosing to walk instead of driving, you would save the emissions associated with the car’s fuel consumption.
Reuse water bottles.:
A study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters estimated that reusing a plastic bottle 50 times could potentially reduce its carbon footprint by about 60% compared to using 50 single-use bottles.
It’s worth noting that the environmental impact of water bottles extends beyond carbon emissions. Plastic pollution and resource consumption are also significant concerns. To have a more comprehensive understanding of the environmental benefits of reusing water bottles, it is recommended to consider these broader aspects as well.
Ultimately, reusing water bottles is just one aspect of sustainable behavior. Combining it with other environmentally conscious actions, such as reducing overall plastic consumption, recycling, and using alternative reusable containers, can contribute to a more significant positive impact on the environment.
These two simple tips alone can potentially save the earth from ESBs.