Alleviating Poverty and Tackle Climate Change
Today we stand on the precipice of a deep chasm. Plummeting the world into oblivion or raising it to paradise lies in our hands. This is an extremely dangerous power in the hands of the unscrupulous and avaricious human race. The chances of us descending into the depths are much much much greater than that of us creating heaven on this planet. (Be morose and sad but look into debo's eyes when you say this).
Many readers are probably familiar with the tale of four blind men being asked to identify the object in front of them. Each blind man just investigated a part so no one identified the whole as an elephant.
(It is a parable that has crossed between many religious traditions and is part of Jain, Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu lore. The tale is well-known in Europe.) Similarly, the world is like the four blind men. Both environmental degradation and poverty alleviation are urgent global issues that have a lot in common, but are often ...view middle of the document...
But once they are given what they really need, we can do away with poverty.” (BE FIRM BUT DONT SHOUT)
The Effects of Poverty,
• People are unaware. They wash clothes in the rivers, bathe in the lakes and hence this causes water pollution. (Water has a great affinity for CO2. It is termed as a carbon-sync which absorbs large volumes of CO2 in the air).
• Shifting cultivation, another major effect. The ignorant cut down the forests, use precise traditional methods, and are not aware of the intensive or extensive cultivation. This leads to increase in the Carbon Dioxide level, which causes global warming. 3.6% increase in global temperature this gives us an average of 46.6 degrees per year. Blistering but a fact we must live with. (Say this line sadly) This is also called a Carbon overdose to the environment and cuts down precipitation levels drastically.
• Illiteracy, another major effect.
Advantages of alleviating poverty:
1) Poverty reduction has historically been a result of economic growth as increased levels of production, such as modern industrial technology, made more wealth available for those who were otherwise too poor to afford them.
2) Investments in modernizing agriculture and increasing yields is considered the core of the antipoverty effort, given three-quarters of the world's poor are rural farmers. This has decreased the RATE of shifting agriculture and sustainable land use patterns.
3) Efficient and sustainable management of cattle...you heard me right. Our guys and bhains(buffalo) contribute to 3% of climate change out of which 2% Indian cattle. (When the cattle chew food, dude to continuous chewing, they release methane in the atmosphere).
4) Increasing literacy rates can allow unskilled workers to attain modern technological know-how and allow them to shift to better paying fields like technology and infrastructure. Even the commercial field will show vast openings for them.
5) Reiteration of these people into society will contribute to not only India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but also to a more important factor the Gross Domestic Haziness or GDH.
Thus I, Akash Khetwani, passionately believes that if the world treats poverty and climate change are a single entity and works to alleviate each of them together, we can break out of the fetters our world is being chained down by.