World Environment Day 2021: Are we denying the Environment Emergency we are in?
"We are in an environment emergency situation. Conditions are not improving anywhere." – Verhaen Khanna, NDNS President
While we can see the problems we have caused to the environment, the way the environment has been degraded, and how we are already facing the repercussions of the same, yet many people are in denial of the fact that we are in an environment emergency situation. We spoke to Verhaen Khanna, of New Delhi Nature Society regarding the adversities being done to the environment and how are we still in denial of the fact that we are living in an environment emergency situation.
Answering to 'are we living in an environment emergency situation', he said, "Yes we are in an environment emergency situation. Conditions are not improving anywhere. People, buildings, vehicles, pollution is increasing, while trees, forests, rivers, air quality, etc are decreasing. The world's most polluted city, New Delhi, has trees being felled legally and illegally every day which is not helping the existing situation.
Major Environmental Problems
Talking about the major environmental problems, he said, "we need to protect our trees and the environment around us. Just sitting and waiting for somebody to come and save your environment is not the best solution. Each one of us needs to understand the importance of environment conservation. With more participation, the environment stands a better chance, and we all know that a better environment ensures a better future for the younger generations.
What has been people's attitude towards climate and environmental crises?
"Majority of People, in general, are not very well aware of the climate crisis knocking on our door. Also, the current systems are focusing on the economy at the cost of the environment. Just shifting from a meat-eating diet to a vegetarian or vegan diet can save a lot of land and earth resources. The youth is more concerned about the environment because they have to live with the mess left behind by the previous generations. We all need to focus on shifting our actions to more sustainable ways in order to protect the environment."
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