All publications of Nilina Elizebeth Joseph . Kannur , India
Growth vs environment: a controversy
our surroundings where we dwell and adapt to make a living is called environment. State of an environment truly depends on the species inhabiting it . The limit is unreasonably crossed due to the manmade effects like global warming, deforestation etc.
In earlier times ,mornings were filled with fog, now we see thick fumes of smoke instead. Industrialisation has a great share in environmental destruction .this is where we come to the topic environment vs growth.
Industrial and economic growth cannot be sacrificed because daily life of millions of people depend on this. Growth has helped a lot in eradicating poverty in numerous places . Starvation gets uncontrolled due to the economic growth. But the side effects of industrial growth are increasing day by day proposing a potential risk to life itself on earth.
Environment changes on Earth due to growth are very evident. Sparrows chirping around houses was a common sight in the olden Times. man made changes affected birds a lot long concrete buildings, misleading headlights, high intensity mobile radiations, etc can be pointed out as reasons. our society is literally changing into concrete jungles.
When man sought expansions of his industries and establishments ,he did not even a glance at the destroying environment . Not only other animals , but humans itself are at considerable risk like lack of drinking water ,calamities like flood, drought , global warming etc. which are after effects of unexpected changes in nature caused by men.
Continuous deforestation has resulted in less amount of oxygen ,more heat and soil erosion. The increased use of chlorofluorocarbons have led to the destruction of ozone layer which protect us from ultraviolet rays . Greenhouse gases which are supposed to be protective have turned to hazardous gases threatening .
On account of development and population growth the environment has seen mass destruction that cannot be set right at least in the years to come. The reason is that we are are facing twin crisis economic and environmental as they are highly interrelated. Climate change presents the greatest threat to sustaining high growth . Destruction caused by natural calamities only lead to economic costs and limiting economic growth .
Government only consider what is right for the people in the present times ,the after effects which are gonna be more severe is is mostly neglected .when it comes to global aspects no country rich or poor has the environmental motivation to conserve and preserve the nature
As per the forest guidelines ,ten saplings must be planted for every tree cut but there are no strict enforcement leading to the situation where everyone ignores it. No community or agency is appointed to supervise if these guidelines are fulfilled . We live in a society where men cuts off trees to grow roots of industries and establishments. We need to realise the true fact that environment and growth are the two sides of the same coin ,rather than trying to sacrifice one, we need to to learn to protect both.
environment impact assessment is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of a proposed developmental project .but the freedom of the community is limited to promote more development of the society. It is a false perception that economic growth leads without environmental considerations . Our environment has always nurtured man and helped men grow in leaps and bounds and reach his goals . But if we don't set right the imbalance created, it will lead to a severe condition where it cannot be restored and all effort of growth will end up in vain.
written by a 16 year old.?
Nilina Elizebeth Joseph