“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I begin with this quotation as I firmly believe that we can achieve sustainable development through simple steps taken at the local and individual level. Many people overemphasize the importance of global community effort and measures at the macro level; however, I strongly feel that efforts at the micro level have a more intense impact on the environment. In my opinion, educational institutions, corporate houses, RWAs, students, in fact every human being can contribute towards sustainable development. One can interpret the term “local efforts” as those steps which can be taken up by every micro-level unit of the society, with minimal investment. To repay our debt towards the environment, we just need to adopt certain te
ox•y•mo•ron n. A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined. For example: deafening silence, mournful optimist, blank copy. Some “experts” would want to add the phrase sustainable development to the above list of examples. Such critics of the concept of sustainable development also suggest that it should instead be termed as “sustainable de-growth”, since they believe that environment and development (or growth) are antithetical to each other; that is, environment degradation is the price that needs to be paid if development is to be achieved. Deteriorating environment is often linked with increasing economic activity, requiring deforestation, energy consumption etc. “Development” is usually held responsible for environmental damage, while environmentali
My exams concluded recently, and the whole process, apart from making me dizzy (!), led me to think about the issue which stares us in our face, yet gets unnoticed so easily: paper wastage. All of us are aware that the ultimate source of paper is the forest. There is a direct correlation between the amount of paper used and the number of trees felled to obtain it. Although everyone talks a lot about "saving trees" and "deforestation", most of us don’t think twice about wasting paper. Paper is used everywhere - in schools, colleges, homes and offices - and very often, the wastage is much more than the usage. The reason for this is simply a careless and callous attitude: we use the whole sheet of paper just to note down a shopping list; we use a crisp new sheet to print a small paragraph; w
Ecology and Economics are closely related issues. Being a student of Economics, I have studied that inclusive development is not possible without adequate emphasis on environmental protection. Development and environment need to be seen as complementary, not antagonistic terms. After all, if there is no Earth left, where will development take place?! Today, when the world is facing the harmful consequences of global warming and depletion of resources, environment conservation has become a topic of global significance, not just an issue with local importance. The matter is of paramount relevance in a developing economy like ours, as environment degradation drastically offsets improvements achieved by economic prosperity, apart from having serious implications for distributive just...