Climate change refers to global warming plus the large-scale shifts in weather patterns caused by the rising temperatures, driven by humans since the Industrial Revolution. While there have been previous periods of climatic change, observed changes since the mid-20th century has been unprecedented in rate and scale.
There has been a rapid growth of awareness for cleaner energy sources and environmental restoration, across the globe, faster than it was expected. From wind turbines to solar panels, endeavors have been made to slash the emissions of greenhouse gas and provide for a sustainable future for the planet. Let us have a look at the 5 Global Trends shaping our climatic future.
Companies lead the way to new climate commitments.
Climate change and a steep transgression of the climatic metamorphosis, has left the world both stupefied and scared. With an increase in the average global temperature, the world community has finally come together to make a difference in a sustainable future. Similar endeavors have been undertaken by the corporate sector across the globe. Companies have taken up a route to act on climate change with a view to limiting average global temperature to not more than 1.5 degrees Celsius and reaching zero emissions by 2050. Many companies have been driven to invest in clean energy sources and drive sustainable solutions within their own business operations and supply chains. They have also taken corrective measures to tackle their own emissions, leading to the creation of increased momentum for climate action.
Water Action Becomes Imperative
The water crisis has been identified as one of the impending societal risks over the next few decades. The time is out for the world population to be perspicacious about its water footprint. Corporate and other manufacturing units must understand the level of input going into the various level of production operations- whether that means water used to create products or if the water used is in areas susceptible to drought, pollution, etc. Also, the overconsumption by households, schools, colleges, etc. have also been sending alarms of an inevitable future of drought and misery. The United Nations predicts the world will see a 40% shortfall of available global water supply. Hence water action becomes imperative. Companies these days are making calculative moves by gathering information about their water footprint by aligning water definitions across their business and becoming more educated about the sources of water and its usage.
Rise against Plastic Usage
The past decade has encountered a substantial rise in anti-plastic sentiments among the global population, making it noteworthy to the governments and world organizations. China, one of the world’s biggest users of plastic, has vouched for reducing the usage of single-use plastic across the country in 2020. Despite ocean plastic being the core of the narrative, the link between plastic and climate change is attracting considerable global attention. In response to the same, corporate enterprises have set ambitious goals to curb plastic waste, for example, Unilever’s goal to have its use of virgin plastic by 2025. This ambitious endeavor of the global community is yet to be translated into a blooming reality demanding substantive action and implementation policies. Yet, we should be hopeful for a better future where aspirations get translated into solutions.
SUVs are erasing progress from electric cars.
The awareness and wave of electric cars have gained substantial momentum in recent years. It might be interesting to know that consumers around the world bought 2 million electric cars, spurred by a combination of falling battery costs and generous vehicle incentives in places like China and California. However, despite the coveted projection of electric cars leaving behind reduced carbon footprints, many people across the US, China, and India are buying larger SUVs, which consume more gasoline than conventional cars. It is said that if such a fetish for SUVs continues among the public, it has the potential to wipe out much of the oil savings from the nascent electric boom. Battery-powered SUV models may be the best solution for this, so as to cater to both sides of the need- quality and sustainability.
Advancing Technological Innovations
The aspirations to achieving a better climatic equilibrium in the future are dependent on heavily upon technological innovations, so as to aid governments, industry, and businesses to continue with sustainable practices and activities. With the advent of innovations such as renewable electric vehicles, efficient batteries, and carbon capture, there is a possibility that industry and government will depend upon these innovations to reduce emissions. Technological advancements have paved the way for more effective and cost-efficient practices, which are not only appealing to the economic markets but are also gentle on the environment.
Though far-fetched, a sustainable world is not a fantasy after all. There has been a considerable amount of consciousness among people. Initiatives are being taken and efforts are being made to the world a better place to live in. So, yes, with the right frame of mind and the efforts being put in the right direction, the hope still holds!
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