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Environment 2020
Ms. Itika Khera
Intern @ Earth Root Foundation, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies
(Published on: 01 June, 2020 @05 PM)

Keeping the today’s scenario in mind, the word environment is enough to bring a flash of concern in one’s mind. The issue that was once addressed only by the experts, on various debates has now become a hot topic of discussion among the common man. This shifting of concern among the people makes me wonder. My question is, were there no environmental issues in the past or is the Gen Z more aware about the deteriorating environmental conditions.

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist has set a marvelous example in front of this world. She has not only made everyone aware about this huge issue of climate change that has knocked at our door but has also shaken the world with her orations.

This changing climate would bring catastrophic results, maybe not in the near future but for the generations coming after. The high level of global warming has caused a massive result in melting of the ice bergs and various glaciers. As a result, a large species of polar bears and penguins have become endangered due to the loss of their natural habitat.

If we talk about our country, for the first time India took this issue of climate change seriously. Various philanthropists from across the country came together to launch an initiative called, “India Climate Collaboration”, to find solutions for this climatic crisis. A recent study revealed that a large amount of India is expected to be submerged in water by 2050 and I feel that this headline was scary enough to ring a bell in our minds

 Ironically, Covid-19 has proven to be a silver lining for today’s environment. The global lock-down have not only helped in reducing the amount of pollution in the air but have also healed the largest hole in the ozone layer.

Maybe it’s our chance to give Mother Nature back, what we have been greedily taking away from her.

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