Waste management and climate change

15 Jun 2021

Curtain Hug

-Pakhi Garg

Waste is an inevitable byproduct of human life. We all produce waste no matter in large or small quantities. But the process through which this unavoidable waste is disposed of directs the efficiency of the waste management system prevailing in a region. The improper waste disposal techniques affect the environment in which we reside. It directly harms the ecosystem, fauna, flora and the human ecological balance. Waste management practices have contributed to the climatic changes we observed in our environment. We can constantly feel the immense increase in the earth temperature. Moreover, greenhouse gases like methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide have changed the chemical composition of the atmosphere and thus made it more hazardous and deadly. The experts have estimated that the Earth’s temperature will rise by approximately 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.
The reckless attitude of humans is destroying mother Earth! Humans have a supreme power to think and rule the globe according to their wits. They have forgotten the altruistic measures they should be taking instead of adding poison into the atmosphere in the race of getting more developed and prosperous. The improper waste disposal techniques act as the booster in polluting the environment. The addition of carbon-based particles discharged by the burning of petroleum products has introduced us to the disastrous greenhouse effect. These greenhouse gases act as a blanket, covering the planet, which ceases the Earth’s harmful radiations to escape in the outer sky, causing global warming. The inevitable result of this phenomenon is the melting of glaciers and icebergs. It indicates the shortage of fresh water in the upcoming years.

Moreover, we have witnessed the condition of waste that is dumped in the landfills. It makes the situation worse as the untreated waste is often buried deep under the land. It devastates the soil composition and directly enters the water bodies making it poisonous for drinking purpose and also destroying the water ecosystem.

The Earth’s future is in the hands of human beings. The slightest positive change in their attitudes could bring unexpected results. Proper waste dumping techniques and using the products repeatedly to avoid wastage are the key features of waste management. People should consider it their responsibility to undo the deadly climatic change or one day we will have to regret our unfair practices!