Be a Part ofthe Solution, Not Part ofthe Pollution

(Neha Imran, )

“One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.” “Before you call yourself a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other theology, learn to be human first.” “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. Pollution from human activities is changing the Earth's climate. We see the damage that a disrupted climate can do: on our coasts, our farms, forests, mountains, and cities. Those impacts will grow more severe unless we start reducing global warming pollution now. I have long understood that climate change is not only an environmental issue - it is a humanitarian, economic, health, and justice issue as well. The science tells us that if we fail to reduce global warming pollution, global temperatures will rise to dangerous levels and unleash devastating extreme weather events and accelerate destructive sea level rise. Air pollution is terrible for our children. Every single scientist, every single doctor will tell you the same thing: Air pollution damages our children's brains, their hearts, and their lungs. The only solution to pollution is a people's humane revolution!

KARACHI: Pakistan’s largest city Karachi is under the grip of multifarious pollutions due to lack of government’s environment-friendly policies. The air, marine and noise pollutions are rising with each passing day as there is no proper check and balance system. Karachi’s coastline stretches over 135 km, which is now extremely polluted due to the discharge of industrial waste, sewerage and garbage in the area. Apart from this, Karachi doesn’t even have clean tap water. Karachi is among the five most-polluted cities in the world. The authorities concerned have failed to overcome this problem, almost, but we cannot leave this problem for them to deal with alone, as we are also responsible for it. We should do our part by at least keeping our streets, houses and areas clean. We should avoid throwing garbage on streets. The marine pollution in Karachi has also badly affected fish and prawn production. The sea water has turned poisonous along the city coast and as a result fish and prawn have died. As a megacity of Pakistan, Karachi needs effective policies from the government but unfortunately, it seems heart-wrenching and all we can see is a mismanaged administration in the city. In Karachi, there is no proper way of disposing of garbage to landfill sites on a regular basis as heaps of garbage can be seen everywhere, trees which can help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is also reducing. The government needs to improve its environmental policies to reduce the burden of pollution.

 

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