Sure, we want to save the earth, but mere trending of hashtags (#worldenvironmentday), bumper stickers, badges is just isn’t enough. It requires us to analyse our way of living and patterns of consumption – and also requires assessing potential areas of decarbonisation so we can all work together towards a more sustainable, safe and resilient future where we’re actually going to change the way we think, feel and behave with respect to the planet.
Are we willing to use public transport to get around as much as possible and not our own vehicles? Shouldn’t we ask our urban planners explore designs and infrastructure that encourage biking and walking in our communities? These are essential to analyse our current behaviour and to design the change needed to support more sustainable lifestyles. Easier said than done?
Another concern is food. With population and deepening climate crisis, we need innovative solutions that minimise carbon footprint of food across the globe. Every bit counts and we have to increase self-reliance – start from home, create your kitchen garden and replace store-bought food supplies. Simple, isn’t it?
While planning and developing projects – buildings, bridges. transport, energy generation, water supply and waste management – it is crucial to design and implement with minimal environmental impact whilst ensuring cost-efficiency and economic viability.
Many of us work from home these days due to the pandemic and it is crucial to improve the energy performance of our buildings too. Retrofitting residential and commercial buildings helps reduces the carbon footprint of the overall built environment.
If we can decarbonise our economy to near zero by 2050, we can maintain a habitable planet and a thriving economy. Implementing incremental actions – renewable energy generation, energy efficiency in the built environment, consuming locally produced food, green mobility – can make the transformation to net-zero a reality.
Finally, switching to a new way of doing things requires a shift in behaviour too. This is where government and policymakers play a critical role in creating a more favourable environment for sustainability-focused innovations as well as driving campaigns that encourage sustainable practices amongst people and businesses.
We at SYNE are committed to environment, and this year partner with Lakshmi Rama Varma Foundation to launch the Project BHOOMI campaign and further the cause of environment protection. SYNE offers transparency and easy monitoring of collected funds, making it a trusted partner for non-profits.