SUSTAINABILITY – THE NEED OF THE HOUR

We as Homo sapiens have made quite a lot of evolution over centuries. From learning to stand erect to finding proper methods of growing, cooking and making food into a scrumptious dish from mere kitchen ingredients, learning to communicate, trade, developing intelligence, creating subjects, branches and specializations in learning, making machines which nullify human effort, diversifying living and basic needs into huge businesses, revolutionizing our methods, taking a step ahead to unforeseen intelligence and development with each passing day – there are countless achievements which man as a living being has accomplished, and in so many unimaginable sectors that listing them would be a heck of a job!

But with advancements and products come by-products, most of them unwanted or of negligible use, and these finally end in dumping areas or uninhabited lands, water bodies or space. With an incredible amount of disposable waste produced each day, and with the dumping yards blowing out of proportion with filth, it has become very necessary that we as humans stop as well as reverse the damage we have done to our own abode, because we have come to realize that we ourselves are bound to bear the fruit of our deeds. Researchers have estimated that if we continue creating waste at this rate, we will soon fall out of clean environment and space to live in, and the result of filling the Earth with this ginormous amount of waste will drastically affect us in the process, destroying not just humankind but the whole ecosystem and will severely impact the planet and its precious resources to an irreversible state. So it is time that we step back and ponder on our operating methods, restore back the balance of nature rather than putting a step forward at the expense of deteriorating and exploiting what we have been generously bestowed upon by. Realizing this, the major organizations of the world have taken an initiative to minimise their waste production and make our world a sustainable place.

According to the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, ‘Sustainable development is one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.’ This means utilising our resources in a way which ensures enough for our coming generations and also keeping in mind the goal to make the world habitable for them. This also necessarily means that we ought to produce lesser waste and dispose off the existing waste in a proper manner which is not destructive to the Earth and all its entities too. Pertaining to this term, many leaders in the manufacturing fraternity have pledged to make their companies self-sustainable and zero waste emitting ones. This will make all its allied sectors sustainable too – like economy, raw material, handling, etc. To make this happen, organizations are devising and innovating various ways in which a manufacturing / waste producing entity can be sustainable. From recycling to reusing and taking note of all the well-designed ‘R’s in the sustainability arena, various methods are being implemented to climb the ladder of achieving a green and clean world, where environmental balance, growth and revolution go hand in hand with each part of the intertwined cycle supplementing the other’s positive transformation. This will surely help in decreasing damage and revitalizing nature and its components in the long run.

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