It’s 2021. We are still dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic which surfaced at the end of 2019 and wrecked havoc around the world.
The scientists and virologists around the world have claimed that they have found vaccines and labelled them as effective and efficient method to counter this deadly virus.
There are also claims that these vaccines might be ineffective against the new strain of Coronavirus. We can only imagine what would happen if this turns out to be true.
Thousands of people are already dead. Countries, especially the European nations are still in tough Lockdown. Economies are in shambles. In spite of all this, we can still hope for the best.
Many people claim that a pandemic strikes once in a 100 years. But this isn’t true. A pandemic is actually a global outbreak of a disease. Pandemic occur when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between them.
Now what is causing these new viruses to emerge and infect us? Is it something related to hygiene? A change in our environment or ecosystem? Or Pollution? Let’s forget about this pandemic. What about droughts, landslides, forest fires, floods and acid rain?
Millions of people die every year due to these events which we simply call as natural disasters. Well to start with, they aren’t exactly natural but the result of our exploitation and inappropriate utilization of resources on planet earth. Due to our actions, we have brought our very own existence on the brink of extinction. Below are the events which have done a great deal of damage to our planet.
A landslide is nothing but the sudden displacement of a mass of heavy stones or debris. These landslides usually occur in regions which have uneven surface such as Mountains. In India alone, on an average 390-400 people die every year due to landslides. It is regarded as a natural disaster.
2. Nuclear Disaster
A nuclear disaster occurs due to negligence or mishandling of nuclear reactor or corresponding nuclear fuel/radioactive material.
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster is the worst nuclear accident to have occurred till date. The accident occurred on Saturday 26th of April in the year 1986 at the reactor number 4 in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of Ukrainian SSR.
The cause of the accident was the explosion of an RBMK REACTOR, which was inherently flawed. Nearly 15,000-16,000 people died due to this accident across Europe. A mini web series has been produced by HBO which explains the cause and aftermath of the nuclear disaster.
3. Global Warming
Global Warming is a phenomena related to the change in climate. Global warming attributes to increase in temperature which in turn effects our ecosystem. Rampant burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and industrialization have caused a significant increase in global warming in last 100 years. Proactive steps, stringent laws must be implemented by governments around the world to reduce global warming which has also caused increase in sea levels at an alarming rate.
4. Industrial Accidents
Industrial Accidents occur due to mismanagement, negligence, lack of skills on the part of workers and poor implementation of industrial protocols.
Bhopal disaster or Bhopal Gas Tragedy is an example of Industrial Accident. Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred on 3rd of December 1984 due to leakage of a highly toxic substance by name Methyl Isocynate.
Nearly 500,000 people were exposed to this highly toxic chemical. If reports are to be believed, nearly 16,000 people died as a result of gas leak. This incident occurred at Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Upon investigation, it was revealed that during routine maintenance check, a backflow of water into the tank containing Methyl Isocynate caused the Accident.
5. Oil Spillage
Oil Spillage, as the name suggests is the leakage of petroleum products from ships or vessels into the water bodies, oceans in particular. Oil spillage impacts marine life in a negative way. Oil spillage contaminates the food sources for fishes and other marine life and can destabilise entire food chain. Oil spills can affect the air quality in surrounding by releasing toxic chemicals.
It’s time for us to come together and sit down and reflect on our actions and the consequences of the climate change. Is this what we are going to pass down to our future generations? A polluted, dirty and inhabitable planet?
Or we are going to make efforts to try and make things right by using the resources available to reduce pollution, find alternate sources of energy, plant more trees and provide a green, clean and more sustainable environment for generations to come. The choice is ours to make. As of now, the future and aspects associated look bleak. In spite of all this, I still believe that there is a ray of hope. Provided we act together, and we must act now.