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Time to collaborate and coordinate

Ashok Thakur, Chief Editor-ETN

Today, the world is on the move to bring about a change in the mindset of people by introducing climate literacy into our curriculum and bringing about awareness in the youth. Using climate information, people can be alert to vulnerabilities caused by climate change, and ensure that ethical methods are used to manufacture sustainable products. People should now become aware of what they are doing, why, and how.

Considering the almost desperate state of the Earth today, we now need a multi-pronged approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Decarbonization or allowing coal and petroleum to remain under the earth where they belong is currently a global goal. Switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy through increased use of EVs, battery storage and recycling is the order of the day.

The 100 richest companies, who have profited most through exploitative methods, now have the know-how and means to reverse those actions through regenerating the natural environment, switching to less polluting production options, and offering more sustainable products. Numerous companies are recognizing the urgency of the situation and have committed to the Climate Pledge co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism. It calls on signatories to take action to meet the Paris Agreement a decade early.

"Companies now have the means to regenerate the natural environment, switch to less-polluting production options and offer more sustainable products" 

In our own circles, IESA has put forward a green energy pledge to corporates, whereby they commit to increasing the use of EVs in fleets, contribute through setting up charging infrastructure, or even lease space for it.

Europe has set out to become the next powerhouse for energy storage and battery adoption. Green hydrogen is the hottest yet cleanest fuel to date and is fast becoming the byword in all power circles. In India, the PLI scheme has caused a stir, though not much movement. This stems mainly from the want of a comprehensive roadmap.

Time and opportunity wait for no one; we might get another opportunity another time, but we would have lost ground. We need to fast-track our plans and make a go for it. Yes, we need to educate the people; yes, we need to calculate the risks; yes, we need stronger policies; yes, we can do it… The need of the hour is to collaborate and coordinate.

Let's learn, share, grow, and together restore our Earth.

Author : Ashok Thakur
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