The decisions we make today and the actions we take are some of the problems that will affect future generations. Whether we turn towards sustainable development or keep exploiting our environment, the environmental legacy we will pass to future generations will depend on it. Future environmental issues will be determined by ethical decision or lack of it. The impact of global warming and climate change can make in a nation’s environment are varied in intensities. For instance, a nation like India can be hit by very severe drought while Antarctica can turn into the very next Amazon Basin. The unpredictability of the where and how climate change happens is quite high. The precautionary measures we take to avert such impacts are the only predictable thing when it comes to environmental problems like global warming.
The level of development of any nation plays major role in determining the degree of precautionary measures to be taken. For a very developed country, enforcing environmental policies is easier than what is obtainable in developing and underdeveloped nations. The existing policies in developed nations encompass all environmental well-being bearing individual standard of living in mind. In a country like Canada, all government agencies are required to complete an environmental cost benefit analysis before embarking on a project. This method is used by the Canadian government to verify the major pros and cons of all future projects.
In unique countries such as India, where cultures and languages vary every few kilometers, it is required that the government satisfies some local needs to help the implementation of any decisions. Working as an intern for a government agency, The City and Industrial Development Corporation of New Bombay, I saw several instances where Morchas’ or political bodies or unions caused serious havocs when their needs are not met. In order to tackle environmental problems in development effectively, there has to be good public support and a very clear sense of ethics.
Having a higher sense of ethical duty towards development, developed nations can help create a balance to lower the sense of ethical duty exhibited by developing and underdeveloped nations. It is important that these developed nations step up to the challenge of the environmental need of the hour, as developing and underdeveloped nations will require future guidance to combat climate change. The story of dirty dishes easily comes to mind when discussing responsibility in this global warming problem; at some point last year, we had some dirty dishes in the sink.
Like every other young person, I’m not an exception when it comes to procrastination. The dishes sat there in the sink till one of us succumbed to our guilty conscience and cleaned them up. Once one of us started on the dishes, everyone else wanted to help get them cleaned up. No one bothered about who had left the dishes in the sink for that long, we were all bothered about the irritating and sickening odor they will create and the possible inversion of rats. In a similar way, someone ought to step up and start cleaning the mess in our beautiful planet. We need to give in to our guilty conscience before the situation worsens and goes beyond remedy. Tackling the problem of global warming is easier for developed nations than it is for developing and underdeveloped nations due to the inability of these other nations to fulfill the basic water requirements.