Our environment is a sacred entity. It is what sustains life on earth. If the balance of environment is abused, the catastrophic brunt will have to be borne by all life forms whether human, animal, or vegetation.
The pressing question at the moment is the threat that climate change is posing to the environment. And since climate change is intricately related to the quest for energy and its use, it becomes imperative to understand the link between environment, energy, and climate change to devise solutions for environmental conservation.
How is climate change caused by energy quest and use?
Climate change is basically the alterations in regional and global climate patterns that can be witnessed around the middle of the 20th century. These alterations cannot be ignored because even small changes in the climate can endanger the marine life, microbial growth, and the like which ultimately ends up having a large impact on food chains, on the zenith of which lies the human species. The threat is so great that it is being speculated that the failure to contain rapid climate change can lead to the extinction of about one-fourth of the Earths species by 2050.
The changes have been scientifically studied and have been attributed to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to large use of fossil fuels. Since fossil fuels are nothing but vegetable and animal remains (essentially carbon compounds) that have been buried under the earth long enough to turn into coal or crude oil, carbon dioxide is released as one of the major by-products when these fuels are burnt to release energy. Extracting fossil fuels from the earth comes with its own humongous carbon-footprint.
All this usage causes an obscene surge in atmospheric carbon levels — directly interfering with the balance of other gases and precipitating climate change.
Importance of low carbon growth planning
The origin of the idea of low carbon growth planning was in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty adopted in 1992. The idea is generally expressed with the term Low-Carbon Development Strategies (LEDS). It includes economic development plans that are based on low-emission and climate-resilient growth structure.
This model of development is an agreeable alternative for obligatory or voluntary greenhouse gas reduction targets. LEDS also implies focus on reducing vulnerability to the impact of climate change and slowing its progression.
The idea has been appreciated by several world leaders over the time and is being used as the inspiration behind many projects worldwide. However, it has to be magnified to include every development activity that takes place on a big scale. Only then can we expect to gather enough resistance to change with better climate policy programme and succeed in our attempts to safeguard our environment.