Introduction- The Nobel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic poses a cruel choice to the world: society and economy. It has revealed the vulnerabilities and strength of every country and has taught us a series of lifelong lessons. A pattern emerges from analyzing the approach of countries that have tackled the COVID-19 outbreak successfully.
1.First, accept the problem .The countries that accept the problem. The countries that accepted COVID -19 to be a serious problem and not a serious problem and not a hoax, saw a less damaging impact of the diseases.
2.Secondly, continuously communication and sharing the serious of the problem with the society. People’s faith and cooperation are essential to face such pandemics.
3.Third, take strict measures to save the lives of people, even if it costs you financially in the short term.
4.Fourth, engage with all stakeholders and take collaborative actions. The world has seen that rich economies that delayed in accepting problems, failed miserably.
5. Hook Your Readers With a Great Opening : If you can hook your readers with a good opening consider half your work to be done. Because if your introduction is boring, people wouldn’t bother to read the rest. A good way to write a great introduction is to pose a question addressing the reader’s problem. Then you can tell them how reading your post can help them tackle it. On the other hand, countries that were least affected by COVID -19, proactively accepted the problem and followed this process. Based on this approach, can we in India resolve one of the country’s critical issues, i.e., environmental pollution?
The first question – Have we accepted the problem? Every year, millions of people die of air, water or land pollution. Every year, nearly 1.2 million people die because of air pollution alone. In Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) itself, millions are affected still now.
One can imagine the enormity of the situation given the fact that 15 out of the world’s 20 top-most polluted cities are located in India and there are large numbers of Indian cities that do not meet the World Health Organization air quality standards. It is also a well-established that air pollution is a silent killer that affects our lungs and causes serious health problems, especially in the elderly and children. Still, we haven’t accepted the problem!!!!
Our Union and State governments are not ready to accept the problems unless the National Green tribunal (NGT) or the Supreme Court issues some order to them or against them. Indeed it is the Judiciary that is driving the environmental debate in India.
For example, the Environment pollution (Prevention and control) authority, a Supreme Court-mandated body, is tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution in the NCR. Another point to remember is that – have we communicated the seriousness of the problem yet? No, how will we communicate when our Government itself says “No Indian study has shown any correlation between pollution and the shortening of lifespan.” In that case, this is the right time to conduct our own Indian health studies to get the correlation of pollution with health, at least in the most polluted cities. Even during the worst days of pollution in Delhi, did we make masks compulsory? Like COVID-19, we need to communicate with people using a separate portal to share pollutions levels, the actions taken and health precautions / advisory for the vulnerable people in society.
Third, we need to understand that proactive stakeholder engagement is essential to get an interdisciplinary approach in our policy making. Collective efforts are required to address the issue of environment pollution. Like COVID-19 Government (Central or State), industry, and civil society need to work together.
For the past five years, we have been choking due to pollution. Every year, the blame game starts afresh. Like COVID-19, States should be held accountable at least communicate once in a month about sharing their efforts in reducing pollution.
Remember, pollution is going to come back in a much worse from now if we ignore the investment required for cleaning our air, water and land. After COVID-19, we need to understand that a growing economy needs to respect the carrying capacity of nature. By ignoring that we have already made our cities unlivable with excessive pollution and population. It would potentially make us further vulnerable in the near future. We are standing on the threshold of various environmental issues. Lack of environment planning in expanding our economy is already killing millions and it is going back to come back in a much worse unless its seriousness is accepted and communicated.
Ms. Himangi Sharma, B.Sc. II Year Biology , School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Career Point University, Kota