School: Modern Vidya Niketan School
High school student.Age 17
Sustainable Development and the Advent of Electric Cars
Environment can be wisely described through the words of Mr.Walt Disney-
“Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine”.
Throughout modern times we have witnessed many advancements in technology. These advancements are results of research and data collected by curios minds about our world and society, helping us to better understand the most efficient ways we can work. With this increased knowledge, we have become more aware of the footprint humans leave on the environment. In an effort to better our environment, with this knowledge we have become a more environmentally conscious world.
But with the progress in various aspects of humanity, the ability to live in a sustainable fashion is an issue that has gone largely unnoticed in the developing world in which we all live. With the drive to conquer, capture, spread, and claim more than just lands and people, we as a species have tragically undermined exactly what it is we seek so relentlessly—a safe, salubrious planet in which we may raise our children, exist comfortably, and make livings for ourselves free from threat and harm. In our collective efforts to dissolve boundaries, erect new testaments to human ingenuity and prowess, breach gaps in knowledge and barrel down the path of “progress”, we have made an array of careless misjudgments and precarious sacrifices. To expand living quarters, we have slashed acres of forested lands and paved over priceless bionetworks. The government turns a blind eye to heinous abuses committed by businesses in order to insure less expensive products even though they may cost the trusting public its health at the very least. Organisms from foreign sources traverse their native habitat boundaries with the influx of imported goods, all the while carrying with them the potential of having deleterious effects upon the environment.
In times like these, there is a pressing need to do something about our environment plagued by so many problems. One such solution to these problems is sustainable development. And sustainability is simply everything that we can do for our survival and well-being, either directly or indirectly from our environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Pollution is also one of the major threats to the environment. It is ever increasing with advent of human establishments and various other things. One such thing that can be done to curb the emission of harmful gases is using more eco-friendly modes of travel, since transportation is a major contributor in the production of pollution. Adoption and widespread use of electric cars would bring down the pollution levels drastically. Electric cars aren’t very popular nowadays, though they are much more familiar than before.
The main reasons the public perceives electric cars to be impractical are because of their high cost and limited versatility. It was true in the early developmental stages of electric cars that they were extremely costly, impractical, and so crude that an image of a golf-cart like vehicle comes to mind what one mentions electric cars. Unfortunately, this bad publicity makes people tend to prejudge electric cars without realizing how much they have improved over the years. They have improved so much that I think they can serve as the ideal city commuter cars of the future. Electric cars do have some drawbacks but improvements are making electric cars easier to live with. Increased purchase and use by the general public will also make these cars much cheaper. Governments and NGO’s should take initiatives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. Electric sockets to charge the cars should be provided in every gas station. With enough awareness and planning, electric cars would become more common. Not only would result in massive drop of harmful emissions into the atmosphere, but it would also help in conservation of fossil fuels which are very valuable to us and are available in limited supply. Cars running on fossil fuels or its derivatives use a lot of this natural resource and moreover responsible for increase in pollution.
Adoption of electric cars is a very significant part of sustainable development.
Big businesses and corporations would also play a major role in the production and adoption of electric cars. For much of the past, most businesses have acted with little regard or concern for the negative impact they have on the environment. Environmental sustainability forces businesses to look beyond making short term gains and look at the long term impact they are having on the natural world. They need to consider not only the immediate impact their actions have on the environment, but the long term implications as well. For example, when manufacturing a product, they would need to look at the environmental impact of the products entire lifecycle, from development to disposal before finalizing the designs.
Many large and small organizations are guilty of significantly polluting the environment and engaging in practices that are simply not sustainable. However, there are now an increasing number of businesses that are committed to reducing their damaging impact and even working towards having a positive influence on environmental sustainability. The government should aim for a stricter law and enforcement in terms of sustainable development.
Only when we think and plan together as whole species will we see significant change for the better. Embracing and working together towards this common goal of sustainability will play a major role in building an excellent future for us all. Technology will be an important part of the solution, but only partly. The key will be to nurture a culture that has the discipline, patience, and courage to look beyond short-term solutions and opt for practices that can offer the greatest positive impact and longevity. “The great challenge of the twenty-first century is to raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living while preserving as much of the rest of life as possible.”