The UNFCCC calls this summit every year with the agenda of a global agreement on the fight against climate change. All countries participated in the COP26 summit, like India, the USA, the EU, Australia, etc. participate in this summit. This year in 2021, the summit is named COP26. It is critical to understand the reason and importance of the same.
In the late 80s, world leaders recognized that global temperature is increasing, and it will create a dreadful climate effect. Agenda 21 was ratified at the Summit in Rio De Janerio in 1992. This agenda 21 was nothing to do with any numerical series of events. It is based on the global temperature limit proposed to save the world by the 21st century. Hence the name Agenda 21.
UNFCCC received responsibility for this global issue in the Rio 1992 meeting. UNFCCC is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
I would like to start by wishing everyone a happy Diwali. This Festival of Light symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. And this is the core thought area for my blog today. Where I would relate the significance of Diwali for fighting Climate Change.
One of the significant events happening alongside Diwali is COP26. This is by far one of the most ambitious and needful events of this era. Where world leaders have come together to discuss the right decisions to be taken on climate change. All global leaders have represented and submitted their approach and policies to reduce the carbon emissions of their respective countries. And as of today, i.e., the 3rd of October 2021, more than 190 countries have pledged towards this greater cause.
Leaders like Narendra Modi, Joe Biden, Xi Jin Ping, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, and all other big leaders, presidents, and prime ministers of the countries have come at once place to share their serious devotion for combatting this threat to humanity, which none other than the climate change.
Blockchain is a word that is widely understood as some sought of a digital payment mechanism. Because people tend to relate it with Bitcoin, they limit Blockchain potential to just money transfers. But Blockchain is way bigger than that and represents a technology in itself. Digital Currency usage, or for that matter, Bitcoin is one of the use cases of Blockchain, and climate change can be another use case.
The focus of this blog is to explain the use of the Blockchain for fighting against climate change. It will not help you to learn Blockchain as a subject. If you are reading this, then you probably have heard the buzzword blockchain and are willing to understand its use case alongside Climate Change.
Blockchain is a system that keeps information safe. It is like programmed storage that encrypts the data and then stores it in a distributed fashion. For example, you want to send unalterable sensitive data to someone with acknowledgment, you can use Blockchain for this.
Our planet is on a brink of an environmental disaster. Global temperatures are rising, with stark consequences for many of the things that we take for granted. Advanced technological innovations like drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc. are crucial for climate change mitigation.
Fortunately, there is a technology that has emerged to gather data:
For conservation projects
To support the work of environmental researchers
Playing a key role in implementing sustainable solutions
Helping in the fight against the odds created by climate effects, and
To service renewable energy infrastructure.
And it can do all of those things in a way that’s better, easier, faster, cheaper, and safer than before. We are speaking about Drones for Climate Change! These flying robots are tackling climate change from multiple angles. Improving the efficiency of solar and wind farms, protecting endangered species, and supporting the work of scientists across the world.
Drones are powering Earth’s sustainable future, and by the end of this blog, you will agree with me.
The use of drones for filmmaking and military purposes are not the only uses. They help combat climate change too. And it is a very crucial shift in our technological capability for combatting climate change. Information is key, and timely received information is gold, and that’s one of the primary use cases of Drones. Besides that, drones have bigger potentials and can help fight severe climate change issues.
When you wash your cosmetics with fresh water, the chemicals go through the drainage system and get mixed with the soil, oceans and other water bodies. These chemicals never go through any filtration or cleaning process before they are disposed of in rivers and soil. As a result, these toxins eventually boomerang, as we consume them as part of the food we eat and the water we drink. It is a serious threat, and yet, we are still unaware of it.
They say that diamonds are forever, they say some friendships are forever. But unlike diamonds, friendships, and these emotional bonds, there are some chemical bonds which are forever as well, and they are highly dangerous. They are cancerous, they can reduce our responses to vaccines, limit our growth, increase the level of cholesterol in our bodies, and can put us at a risk of heart diseases. In short, these chemicals can shorten our life span, and ironically these chemicals are called Forever chemicals.
Greenhouse gasses are trapping heat and making this planet warmer, And the only major source that can significantly help on an immediate basis are Governments. If you don’t elect a right government today, your future generations may loose the reason to live a happy life.
“Carbon” is shorthand for greenhouse gas emissions, which includes CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and other man made gases. And These gases are released by many different types of activities – not just by burning fossil fuels, like farming, deforestation and even some industrial processes contributes to green house gas emissions. On a larger scale government plays important roles in policy making and sanctions, and tweaking the approach may can change everything.
On policy levels there are certain expectations that we as conscious citizens should have with governments. Please understand why this is so important, Globally, greenhouse gas emissions have grown by 50% from 1990 to date.
Turn off your room air conditioning and water heater if you aren’t using it, as just by saving on this electricity waste we can save thousands of lives every year.
This episode is the part second of the previous episode but you don’t need to necessarily listen to part 1 for catching up on this. This episode has its own independent pointers that will help us as individuals to understand the possible ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint. The overall idea is to help derive a mindset — so that the reduction happens by default and through our habits.
Almost everything in this world runs on the chain of demand and supply. The more you will demand, the more it will be produced. So the easiest way to minimise anything which is adversely affecting us is to reduce its demand.
In this episode of Conscious Citizens we will learn about four things that will help us fight the climate emergency:
The Habit of Recycling
Home Energy Usage
Exercising your Rights
Climate change is a complex problem in need and it demands a unified global response, but every individual effort towards building a safer future is valuable. And By making changes to our individual lifestyles based on environmental concern, we can help to influence the attitudes and behaviours of people around us in relation to addressing the climate crisis.
In this Podcast Episode of Conscious Citizens, we will learn about the contributions that we can make as individuals. Like, how our car, our usage of public transportation, our eating habits, impact the climate. This episode is targeted to give an introduction of being climate conscious citizen. Climate change is the biggest threat to mankind, and it is very important to consider that this is a matter of a huge concern. This second Episode is a Part 1 and a subsequent Part 2 completes this episode, do not forget to listen that as well.
In this Podcast Episode of Conscious Citizens, we will learn about the preface of the concerning matter of Climate Change. Climate change is the biggest threat to mankind, and it is very important to consider that this is a matter of a huge concern. This first Episode is a baseline introduction, prefixed with an introductory prologue with COVID-19 and how the shift in mindset due to Novel Coronavirus can motivate us to take actions for fighting this Climate Emergency.