INDIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESS
Kerala, India is opening their first carbon neutral office for Environmental sustainability to celebrate their decade of achievement after breaking through the United Nations Permanent Security Council and gaining a seat, alongside South Africa. Thus fractured the traditional power structure that existed for almost a century and opened up channels of hope.
After much rallying, India and South Africa formed an alliance after drawing many parallels in their problems and potentials to create a powerful voice to assert real change in the macro institutions to support their work in fighting HIV, the increasing population rate, poverty, slum development and environmental degradation. India and South Africa found their similar histories of colonization, war, and stark poverty to bring the leaders close together. However, I will focus on the success of India’s environmental program that South Africa is also in line to enforce.
Both nations are full of beautiful untouched land, of course, which makes it vulnerable to powerful corporations and even nations such as China who without an alliance would have moved successfully into India to extract natural resources, like it did in many sub-Saharan African countries. India focused on utilizing Bamboo as this plant is especially useful as ‘through the mechanism of photosynthesis, bamboo turn carbon dioxide into organic carbon and store it as their structure’, helping to reduce CO2 emissions thus reducing the extent of global warming.
India took a reformist approach thus decided to lead the way in shallow ecology. They promoted that a high degree of environmental degradation will result in a severely negative externality that will impend economic growth and prosperity. India wanted to find the balance between modernization and sustainability.
Elora Hardy’s Ted Talk in 2015 impressed the leaders of India who decided to incorporate bamboo material that can be replanted and found in abundance. ‘Bamboo is known to be one of the fastest growing plants in the world.’ (Narayanamurty, D. 1972). Although a number of schools and bridges across the country have been built with bamboo, the first working office is being opened today. Not only is this a building to be praised for its sustainability, this is a symbol of the reformist leadership that is hoped others will be inspired by. India has already reached its sustainable development goals and will be cooperating with other partners across the world to ensure they reach theirs.
India believes in taking responsibility for the environment and act as stewards of the world rather than monsters. In India, we pride ourselves on compassion, sharing and love. There is room in our hearts not only to love our brothers and sisters of the world but also our beautiful motherland.
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