January 23, 2020
Several posts this week made me sit up and think critically … “what are we doing to our mother Earth!”
Firstly, Conservation International’s “Nature is Speaking”, on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVLcj-XKnM&feature=emb_title, impacted me the most – I implore you to see this short video but it’s MOST STRIKING excerpts are given below-
“ … I don’t really need people. But people need me. Yes, your future depends on me.
When I thrive, you thrive. When I falter, you falter. Or worse.
How you choose to live each day, whether you regard or disregard me, doesn’t really matter to me.
Your actions will determine your fate. Not mine. I am nature. I will go on …”
Then, Denmark’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Rolf Holmboe, opined in https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/601152-who-s-afraid-of-renewables. Again, an EYE-OPENER and again I request you to read this short and very interesting piece, the excerpts of which are –
- Globally performing economies are the ones transitioning fastest to renewable electricity production
- Renewable energy [can] form the baseload in producing electricity (more than 80 percent of electricity used in Denmark is now generated from renewables)
- The only way to make the energy sector viable in Pakistan is transitioning to renewable [which can] offer affordable prices to consumers
Pakistan is RICH in solar, wind & water sources – just misused! There are but a few countries in the world that can boast these resources concurrently. A few business houses like GUL AHMED have started wind turbines but more needs to be done by more people.
Then, there’s 17-year old Greta Thunberg’s message on climate change “Our House Is Still on Fire” – https://nyti.ms/3auVR0m.
Here, we have young, teen activists bringing our doom to our attention – why can’t we, as adults, understand our actions are killing the very ‘hand that feeds us’… Mother Earth! Why can’t we think of our future!?
Lastly, I had written about recycling & harvesting rain water https://dinshawavari.com/2019/08/08/and-the-rains-are-upon-us/ in August 2019.
We have rain…we have water from our melting snows… It’s just a matter of harnessing natural sourcesto sustain … LIFE!
Indeed, as Rolf concludes, “Where does Pakistan want to be?”