Sustainable lifestyle requires acceptance and perseverance

  • Anoushka Chakrapani
  • Updated: Nov 27, 2015 13:59 IST
An illustration made in Paris on November 8, 2015 shows a deflated earth globe. Earth has heated up by one degree Celsius, Britain's weather office said on November 9, as greenhouse gases hit record levels just weeks before climate summit in Paris. (AFP)

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” - Albert Einstein

Living in the 21st century we are witnessing the earth choke to death. Along with Gaia, we - her siblings - too are leading to fatality. Each step we take affects her, directly or indirectly, and now it seems that every move is a grave mistake.

All our resources are being exploited to the core. Man, being as greedy as he is, wants all to himself. Even renewable resources are being used at such a rate that they have no time to rejuvenate.

Instead of hoarding all that is to be found, one needs to reduce the amount to their requirement. By downsizing the use of the resources, we will be able to reduce our carbon footprint which leads to a reduction of global warming. For these purposes, day in day out, people are trying to develop a suitable technology for alternative energy.

Sustainability is no longer an option or a luxury and a sustainable lifestyle requires acceptance and perseverance. People need to be willing to commit, sacrifice and understand the gravity of the situation that the future of posterity is in our hands. From here, there are only two clear paths. One that is dark and desecrated, an abandoned boulevard, where no life is to be found. The other where a green and plush archway, gives way to sustainability and a sustainable lifestyle. The most viable option, sustainability, is the need of the hour and a key to our survival.

As novelist Wendell Berry has aptly said “What I stand for is what I stand on”.

(The author is a Class 10 student at Amity International School, Saket)

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